impact of disposable paper products on the environment
|December 4, 2009||Posted by simply stephen under trash|
The impact of disposable paper products on the environment is huge. Perhaps, the problem is far too many people have disposable income. So spending it on disposable products makes life easier. It doesn’t have to be that difficult or inconvenient to make smart choices with your money on the small things.
When you buy a house, you take the time to make sure the environment is going to be one that is safe, clean and are pretty careful of how you part with your money. The same care should be taken in all the smaller purchases – they add up and have a big impact on the environment.
In an earlier post I offered 12 tips to reduce office paper consumption but today, we are going to look at the impact of paper products as a whole. Changing from disposable products to reusable is simple and very cost effective. I probably don’t have to mention facts about forest destruction and the energy (which produces CO2 gas) used for paper production – but I will. In Canada alone, over 500, 000 acres of forest are destroyed to create these products for you – that’s every year.
So what can you do?
- consider replacing all your paper plates and cups with real ones
- bring a portable travel mug with you everywhere
- use a handkerchief, wash cloth, napkin and rag instead of tissue paper and paper towel
- if you use a paper product, buy recycled and chlorine free
- there is even family cloths, a toilet paper alternative – not for everyone
Here are some questions for you. What else can you do? Consider what products you buy when you buy a paper product.
- Is it recycled paper?
- Is the packaging excessive & can it be recycled?
- Can you reduce how much you use?
- Is it chlorine free in the process used to make it?
- Does the company have a good track record for environment and community support? There are a few sites that can help you find out such as BadBuster and Greenwashing.
- Want to discover healthy, green products – check out GoodGuide.
A few minutes of research and time is all it takes. Simple changes, huge impact. The overall impact of disposable paper products on the environment is just one step to change. Please share some tips, ideas and tricks on how we can change our paper consumption habits for a greener planet.
if you liked this post, take a gander at these ones!
- 12 obvious ways to reduce household waste
- ask these questions to reduce your consumption
- 12 Tips to Reduce Paper Consumption in the Office
- the challenge of buying green – habits that count
- 8 traits of eco friendly packaging