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Doing Your Part At Home

As consumers today we see the environmental movement as a daunting shift in a global transition from consumerism to sustainability.  However, the focus of the consumer should be to create a personal “shift” in one’s own routine.  Therefore, here are a few items to get started on your path to becoming personally sustainable and environmentally conscience.

> Compost natural waste and recycle household waste.  Remove tops off of plastic bottles, since the plastics are different. Generally recyclers will not recycle the bottle if tops remain attached.

 

It is actually very important to consider composting because yard and food waste account for 30% of the world’s waste stream. It also adds to the value of your property by enhancing soil properties.

 

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> Avoid shrimp as in order to fish for shrimp the average catch will yield 6-10 pounds of By-Catch per pound of shrimp (By-Catch: other marine life that are not used and often dead by the time the nets are brought up)

> Do not buy products that contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) or Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) as these chemicals have been known to contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer.

> Avoid using personal automobile and whenever possible utilize public transportation

> Cultivate native plants in gardens, yards and windowsills as some of these plants require less water and up-keep since they are already accustom to the local climate. Thus helping to reduce your water consumption

> Unplug electrical devices when not in use.  As electricity is being used even while the device is turned off

> When purchasing beef, pork or foul choose free range, as this practice reduces soil runoff and water pollution

> Attempt to maintain a 100 mile diet, meaning that everything that consumed originates from within a 100 mile radius

> Avoid consumption of shark and swordfish, these fish have been known to contain up to 1 ppm Mercury; which translates into a 180 pound adult male consuming a medium single serving of swordfish to ingesting 0.36 micrograms per kilogram per day for an entire week. This exceeds the maximum Mercury intake that the EPA considers to be safe -- 0.1 micrograms per kilograms per day.

> Atlantic cod is another seafood item that should be avoided; this is due to fishing practices that use nets to scrap the sea floor clearing the natural vegetation which does not allow the young cod to remain concealed to grow to reproduction age thus reducing the population which is dangerously close to disappearing.

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