This blog post was written by Jessie Ainslie, a Freshman at Claremont McKenna College. Jessie is a PGC 2013 Finalist and member of the TG Summer Intern team.
Going green and reducing your footprint can seem like such a huge feat. Where do you start: food, technology, clothing, body, cleaning products…? And then there are the so many labels, including: organic, non-GMO, fair trade, FSW, post-consumer recycled, etc. To say the least, it can all be overwhelming.
Often the first step can be the hardest, but it doesn’t have to be. Integrating various sustainable habits into your daily lifestyle is a great way to begin your journey from conventional to conscious. And what’s an easier way to start than recycling – you give products a second life and divert them from landfill. In honor of Recycle Week, there couldn’t be a better time to start. Do one thing this week and share it with your friends to extend your impact!
Americans throw away more than 2.5 million plastic bottles EVERY HOUR. And each year enough plastic is thrown away to circle the Earth four times. Simply choosing to recycle those pesky plastic bottles can have huge positive effects on our environment – it all starts with you!
So as you recycle something this week, know that YOU can be the change! Though it may be your first step, it’s a big step on the road from conventional to conscious.