In the spirit of conservation, this is a recycled (and updated) version of a post from last year at this time (see what I did there?)
With Earth Day approaching, this week’s Wellness Wednesday column will focus on environmental wellness.
Environmental wellness refers to your relationship with your immediate surroundings and expanding to nature and the world around you. It refers to becoming aware that we are all a part of nature and recognizing that we need to take steps towards maintaining a lifestyle that maximizes harmony with the earth’s nature environment. It’s also to gain an understanding how your behavior and interactions affects and impacts your surrounding environment.
Relax. This isn’t about hugging trees, holding hands and singing Kumbayah.
But unless NASA finds a practical way for humans to get to and live on another planet—without being left behind like Matt Damon—Earth is our only home. And we need to take care of it in order for it to provide what we need to survive.
It stands to reason that if our surroundings are clean and well-cared for, we will benefit. There are many ways we can help in our own small part of the world that collectively will have a greater impact on the overall health of our environment.
Recycle and Reuse
- Use paper, glass and aluminum recycling bins in your home and community.
- Take your own bag to the grocery store.
- Use a reusable water bottle, preferably stainless steel, which helps prevent ingesting toxic chemicals from plastic bottles
- Use recyclable materials.
- Save water. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth, shaving or washing the dishes.
- Turn off the television, computer, tablets and other electronics when not in use.
- Conserve on gas.
- Improve your home’s energy efficiency with newer appliances.
- Use natural or home-made cleaning products and pesticides.
Enjoy and Respect Nature
- Enjoy, appreciate and spend time outside in natural settings.
- Do not pollute the air, water or earth if you can avoid doing so.
Doing our part to preserve the wellness of our environment contributes directly to our own wellness.
Did You Know?
Here are some interesting facts about the environment and recycling.
- Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.
- During the time it takes you to read this sentence, 50,000 12-ounce aluminum cans are made.
- An aluminum can may be recycled ad infinitum (forever!).
- Every day, American businesses generate enough paper to circle the earth 20 times!
- Only 1% of the world’s water supply is usable, 97% are the oceans and 2% is frozen.
- Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees.
- An automatic dishwasher uses less hot water than doing dishes by hand, an average of six gallons less per cycle, or over 2,000 gallons per year.
- The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years.
- A modern glass bottle takes 4000 years or more to decompose.
- Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour, most of which are thrown away!