A Greener Place?
'Going green' has gone from this cool new thing to a now norm with how far it's come, but it still has a long way to go.
Unfortunately, despite all of the "going green" efforts to be environmentally friendly, America's national average for recycling remains at just 35 percent. Still a major, disposable society, $7 billion is wasted on trash per year.
In 2011 alone, 250 million tons of garbage were generated, almost doubling the amount collected in 1970.
Some cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle, are looking to reduce the negative impact of landfills and cut costs substantially with a goal of 'zero waste.'
This new movement, properly titled, Zero Waste Alliance, works directly with industries and communities to make the mission of a future without waste a progressive reality.
ZWA strives for zero waste of resources, production activities, and product life, as well as zero emissions and use of toxic processes and products. Having established relationships with a wide range of industry, government, community, nonprofit, and higher education organizations, the promotion of open engagement and systematic efforts is being spread widely with success.
This is obviously not the first of nationwide efforts aiming for a world gone green. From the Million Car Carbon Campaign to simply skipping out on bottled water, countless methods have been tried and tested to bring the world to a less wasteful, more green way of living.
A few other going-green techniques have become widespread efforts, as well. Donating or recycling old electronics such as cell phones, computers and the like is incredibly encouraged, now with money incentives.
Making your own cleaning supplies is another resourceful route. It not only saves money and time for you, but using everyday items like baking soda, vinegar, lemon, and soap in place of chemicals can greatly help the earth become less toxic. A simple 'borrow instead of buy' technique is also helpful, as well as buying in bulk-- high-quality, long-lasting products.