How To Help At Home
Start by being conscientious about what products you buy and use. Be aware that whatever you put down the drain eventually goes back into the rivers and seas. When someone pours a harsh chemical down the drain, or allows oil or antifreeze to spill on the ground, it’s more than just messy. As an example, dogs seem especially fond of anti-freeze, and will often lap it up. Rat and other pest poisons often pack a Secondary Kill when the pest is eaten by its natural predator. Just last month, some Bald Eagles were found dead and dying up in Canada, and it is believed that they died by secondary consumption – from eating a poisoned prey animal which later became that Bald Eagle’s lunch. Chemicals damage the ocean as well, even in seemingly small quantites. As much as possible, try to use “green,” environmentally friendly products.
The plastics we consume have a price attached to them as well, and it’s not just in the oil it takes to make them or the refuse at the land fill. Making plastics is also a messy business, ecologically speaking. The wastewater from a PVC plant was believed responsible for a large number of Beluga whales sloughing off their skin in reaction to that pollution. Definitely make it a rule to recycle, but even more importantly, don’t use the stuff in the first place, when you can help it.
In a world that seems to have gone mad, beyond our control, this one one of the ways in which YOU can make a difference: Buy cloth bags. Make cloth bags. Plastic shopping bags aren’t even all that good to bring your purchases home in. Groceries end up on the floor when the break or tear, goods fall out and roll around in your car, and then you’ve gotta find somewhere to put them. Recycling them just doesn’t pay. It costs thousands to recycle plastic shopping bags, when they can be made from new oil for hundreds. Paper is better, but still involves unnecessarily cutting down trees. But if you just remember to put your cloth bags back in the car, you’ll have them with you when you go to the store. Your groceries will be safe, and so will the planet. Remember that huge garbage patch out there in the middle of the Pacific? Please, do your part. Start today, right now.
Organic/biological sources are a far better way to go. Check out our Links page for some environmentally friendly solutions! Amongst the things you’ll find there are cold drink cups made of starch, which break back down in a matter of months and never had any harmful elements in the first place. Now THAT is a win-win solution!