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Maddy’s Tip #10: Composting

Today’s Sustainable Action: Composting

If you are looking to become more sustainable, one action you could pursue is forming a composting system for your household. Compost not only improves soil structure by containing a large volume of water and nutrients, but it also reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. All of your banana peels, egg shells, coffee grounds, and more, can be placed in a bin of your choosing. You need to mix the contents in the bin occasionally to help the breakdown process. Then, once your bin is full the compost inside can be sprinkled over plants or used anywhere in your yard for any other uses! This is a great way to provide yourself with a healthy yard and a reduced amount of trash. Visit these link sfor more information on how and what to compost at home!

Today’s Fact: Composting could reduce the amount of trash ending up in the United States’ landfills and incinerators by 30 percent!

[Editor’s Note: City of Annapolis Residents may also take their kitchen scraps — including bones, shells, and compostable containers and cutlery — to Truxtun Park through March 30, 2022. Read more here.]

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Maddy’s Tip #9: Stop buying fast fashion!

Today’s Sustainable Action: Stop buying from fast fashion stores.
One action you could take to be more sustainable is not purchasing from fast fashion stores! Fast fashion is a highly-profitable and exploitative business in which high-fashion designs are mass produced at low costs. The ramifications of this industry are a high amount of carbon emissions, water pollution, and land waste. Aside from the environment, the workers of this industry experience inhumane and unsafe work conditions. Fast fashion includes the mass production of synthetics in factories, which entails an increase of CO2 emissions. These clothes often end up in landfills due to trends going out of style, and are essentially non-biodegradable, meaning they will not decompose in those landfills. So next time you are buying new clothes, consider whether the store you are buying from sells fast fashion clothes. Here is a link you can use to find out which ones are. Consider also shopping at thrift stores, stores with locally made items, or companies that are transparent with the production process of their clothes.

Today’s Fact:
The fast fashion industry emits 1.2 billion tons of CO2 per year.

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Maddy’s Tip #7: Recycling correctly

Today’s Sustainable Action: Recycling!

Recycling correctly is a critical job that every human must do. It is important to recycle so natural resources are saved and so extra, non-compostable trash doesn’t pile up in landfills. Not only does this take up room, but it is not healthy for the soil. Things like cardboard, plastic bottles, and yogurt cups should be recycled! On the contrary, things like Styrofoam and candy wrappers can not be recycled. It is important to understand what can’t go in the recycling because just one misplaced item could cause the whole batch of recycling to be sent to a landfill. So next time you are throwing something away, think about whether it should go in the trash or recycling!

Visit this link to figure out what items go where in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.  Also consider getting the Recycle Coach app to further help you recycle better!

Today’s Fact:

A single plastic cup can take 50 to 80 years to break down.

Related info: Hazardous Waste Drop Off Event, September 25

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If you have a yard, then this tip is perfect for you. Along with other plants, you can grow species that attract butterflies! Plants such as Black Eyed Susans, Lavender, and different variants of Milkweed are some examples. These provide habitat and food for the butterflies. Butterflies are an important pollinator, so increasing their habitat will allow them to flourish and breed. Growing these types of plants in your yard will help to strengthen the ecosystem and support biological diversity. So next time you are buying new plants for your yard, consider buying butterfly friendly plants!

Today’s Fact:

Butterflies and other pollinators including bees, moths, birds, and bats pollinate over 75% of the world’s flowering plants.

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Today’s Sustainable Action: Reusable and Washable Masks!

Throughout this pandemic it was probably an easier option for most people to use disposable masks, but as the pandemic winds down please consider using washable masks. These are less harmful to the environment, for disposable ones often end up in waterways and in the ocean. They also cause harm to the environment because they are single use, are made with fossil fuels and produce greenhouse gases every time a new one is made. Buying one or two fabric masks will save you money and save the environment. You can buy them on Amazon and in most stores. Thank you for reading my sustainable tip, and remember to stay safe!

Today’s Fact:

Around 75 percent of the used masks, as well as other pandemic-related waste, will end up in landfills, or floating in the seas.

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Today’s Sustainable Action: Washable Towels!

Paper towels use lots of trees and fossil fuels to make, and they also produce a massive amount of waste. A healthy alternative for drying your hands can be reusable and washable towels! Cloth rags and hand towels are more eco-friendly and will cut down on the money you spend. Our family started using towels during quarantine because it was more affordable then having to buy single use paper towels. You can buy these by simply searching for “hand towels” or “hand rags” on Amazon or at your local grocery store. Thank you for reading my sustainable action today and I hope you will keep my tip in mind next time you are buying paper towels!

Today’s Fact: Globally, discarded paper towels result in 254 million tons of trash every year.

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Today’s Sustainable Action: Using Reusable Bags!

Instead of using single-use plastic bags, you can use reusable bags. These can either be reusable plastic containers or reusable sandwich bags; these can be used for lunches and other everyday things. Using these cuts down on the amount of waste you produce that ends up in the landfill.

Making single-use plastic bags is also harmful to the environment, for their production involves fossil fuels.

Taking this action will reduce the amount of money you will be spending and protect the environment. There are many different places you can buy reusable items, such as Amazon, by simply searching for “reusable sandwich bags” or “plastic food containers.”

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and remember to always keep the safety of the environment in mind!

Today’s Fact: 300 million plastic bags end up in the Atlantic Ocean in just a single year.

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