Don’t buy bottled water unless absolutely necessary – 700 different marine species regularly ingest over 20,000 tones of plastic each year. It takes 5 litres of water to make a 1 litre plastic bottle. 3 litres of water are polluted to make that one bottle.
Use less paper – 65% of trees cut in Canada’s Boreal forest are used to make paper. Across 27 clear-cuts in northern Ontario, 14% still remain barren after 2 decades. Look for 100% post-consumer recycled products were possible.
Batteries are made of many toxic materials. Use rechargeable batteries - 4 rechargeable AA batteries can replace 100 conventional batteries saving approximately $40 & 8 lbs of hazardous waste. Children working at or living near battery recycling facilities suffer from lead poisoning.
Divest yourself of fast fashion – If everyone bought 1 used item of clothing a year it would save 25 billion gallons of water & 449 million lbs of waste. It would reduce the carbon footprint of the item by 82%. Start thrifting today.
Want to learn more about the cradle to grave of some everyday items you buy? Join YREA April 22, 2pm for SHOP LIKE THE PLANET'S WATCHING, a free virtual presentation. Register today - Aurora Public Library.