3 R's & Green Shopping

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3 R's & Green Shopping

  1. 1. By Michael Patton, Executive Director The Metropolitan Environmental Trust, the M.e.t. Tulsa, Oklahoma 3 R’s & Shopping Green A Guide to Green Shopping
  2. 2. On Average Americans generate 4.5 lbs. of trash per day = 1600 lbs. of trash per year
  3. 3. Total MSW Generation in 2010 250 Million Tons (before recycling) EPA-530-F-11-005 | November 2011| www.epa.gov/wastes
  4. 4. Where does your trash go?
  5. 5. The 3 R’s Reduce Reuse Recycle
  6. 6. R E D U C E  Use less stuff.  Purchase exactly what is needed.  Look at packaging.  Buy in bulk.
  7. 7. R E U S E  B.O.B. (Bring Own Bag  Plastic and paper bags  Water Bottles  Steel Cans  Glass Jars  Cereal Boxes
  8. 8. Minimize the bottle! Save your money! Americans spend about $11,000 per minute on bottled water. Tap water costs an average of $.002 per gallon while a gallon of bottled water costs from $0.89 to $8.26 per gallon.
  9. 9. R E C Y C L E Owasso Recycling Center  Location: 499 South Main Owasso, OK  Phone: 918-272-4991  Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Closed designated holidays. WE ACCEPT: Aluminum Antifreeze Batteries Cardboard Cooking oil Glass Newspaper Office Paper Phone books Plastics (#1 & #2) Motor oil Passenger Tires
  10. 10. R E T H I N K Before you buy:  Do I really need it?  Packaging Bulk  Responsible Manufacturer  How far did it travel to get here?  Trash or Recycle  You vote every time you spend a dollar
  11. 11. Recycling Reduces Energy Consumption  Making new steel from old scrap offers up to 75% energy savings.  Producing aluminum from scrap instead of bauxite ore cuts energy use by 95%, yet we still through away more than a million tons of aluminum per year.  Paper recycling could save up to 70% of the energy needed to create paper from new timber.
  12. 12. Compost your leaves, grass and food waste instead of sending them to the landfill. Most natural garden wastes can be composted, thus yielding free fertilizer without polluting the air. Compost Organic Waste
  13. 13. Buy Local Buy Recycled Packaging Buy Recyclable Packaging Buy Reduced Packaging
  14. 14. Every dollar I spend is a vote for the environment. People want to be better shoppers.
  15. 15.  Package Material  Storage  Shipping  Reuse  Disposal
  16. 16. Produce Aisle
  17. 17. Packaging by Mother Nature COMPOSTABLE Fair Trade, Country of Origin and Buy Local when available
  18. 18. Organic food must be produced without the use of sewer-sludge fertilizers, synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, antibiot ics and irradiation. A variety of agricultural products can be produced organically, including produce, grains, meat, dairy, eggs and processed food products. What is Organic?
  19. 19. Baskets, Bags and Trays Bananas and Banana Bread
  20. 20. Meat & Dairy Aisle
  21. 21. Fresh, Frozen or Canned Re-sealable Bag
  22. 22. Average Annual Expenditure Meat, Poultry, Fish & Eggs 15 percent of American’s total food budget is spent on meat, poultry, fis h & eggs. Food Institute analysis based on Bureau of Labor statistics
  23. 23. Use a meal planner to reduce waste!
  24. 24. Paper or cardboard vs. Polystyrene egg cartons
  25. 25.  Buying in the deli allows for portion control  Paperboard milk cartons vs. Plastic milk jugs  Natural vs. Dyed containers
  26. 26. Bottle Grade Plastics 94 percent of plastic bottles are #1 or #2 vs. plastic tubs.
  27. 27. Cereal Aisle
  28. 28. Cereal Boxes as Art
  29. 29. Box is Pure Marketing The One Box we Read
  30. 30.  Bag inside a Box vs. Bag only  100% Recycled  Rising Post- Consumer Content
  31. 31. Beverage Aisle
  32. 32. Total U.S. Beverage Consumption in 2005  Carbonated Soft Drinks 28.3%  Bottled Water 10.7%  Milk 10.9%  Coffee 9.0%  Beer 11.7%  Fruit Beverages 4.7%  Sports Drinks 2.3%  Tea 3.8%  Wine 1.2%  Distilled Spirits 0.7%  All Others 15.3% Source – American Beverage Association
  33. 33. 53 million plastic bottles are thrown in the trash every day. In Tulsa, the average household buys 225 bottles of water per year. Of those, 16 are recycled.
  34. 34. Snack Aisle
  35. 35. Chips vs. Crackers Give Piece a Chance
  36. 36. Paper Product Aisle
  37. 37. Virgin vs. Post Consumer
  38. 38.  Grades of Paper  Recycle-phobia  Quality of Products
  39. 39. Cleaning/Household Products
  40. 40.  Beware of words like ‘toxic’, ‘hazardous’, and ‘caution’ on label  Find safer alternatives  Buy Concentrated?
  41. 41. Natural Drain Cleaner  1/2 cup baking soda  1/2 cup white vinegar  Boiling water  Pour baking soda down the drain. Add white vinegar  Cover the drain, if possible. Let set for 5 minutes.  Then pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain.
  42. 42. At the Checkout Paper vs. Plastic
  43. 43. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is the right order. People who recycle create jobs. It is not just the product; it is also the package. Save the planet. Recap
  44. 44. The Metropolitan Environmental Trust Michael Patton, Executive Director recyclemichael@yahoo.com Metrecycle.com 918-584-0584 Facebook.com/theMETrecycle

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