Everyone has an unshirkable responsibility to start with people’s homes. We should ask ourselves: Am I green enough? Do you try not to buy bottled water and reuse plastic bags? These are very good, really. However, some of the daily habits that are considered to be justified are accumulated by billions of people around the world, and the destructive power is amazing. Which of the following are the most common five environmental crimes, do you account for a few?
Coffee: Starbucks didn’t tell you
Tired? Have a cup of coffee.
Freedom of trade has allowed coffee suppliers to spread all over the world. Now they are eager to promote environmental protection. Starbucks has even launched a charity event called “Love the Earth”. This is certainly not a bad thing. But Starbucks didn’t tell you the fact that a cup of ground black coffee represents 125 grams of carbon dioxide emissions, two-thirds of which comes from the production process.
Instant coffee is quick and easy, and each pack is equal to about 80 grams of carbon dioxide. According to the habit of Westerners drinking 6 cups of coffee a day, each person will emit more than 175 kilograms of carbon dioxide per year. Coffee and milk, the amount of emissions plus 30%. According to WWF’s calculations, it takes a total of 200 liters of water to make the milk, sugar and coffee beans needed for a regular latte. Therefore, if everyone drinks a cup of coffee, the world will be greatly improved.
Toilet paper: the little thing in the toilet
It may surprise you. The second place is toilet paper. Like coffee companies, tissue manufacturers have already introduced specific products for consumers who are environmentally conscious. Its representative is 100% recycled paper, which saves about 30 liters of water and 3 to 4 kWh of electricity per kilogram of recycled paper. This paper is the most widely used in Europe and Latin America, but it only accounts for 1/5 of the total market. The Americans simply dismissed it.
Each American uses an average of 23 rolls of toilet paper a year, which is more than 7 billion rolls nationwide. Only 1/50 of them are recycled paper. It is estimated that no one thought of the pressure in the toilets in North America. The reason for the lack of competitiveness of recycled paper is simple: the softness and fluffiness of paper depends on the fiber length of the wood. The more the number of recycling, the shorter the fiber and the rougher the paper. It is still inevitable that the towering trees will change into toilet paper.
Fashion: ladies please pay attention
To catch up with the popular, but also to recycle. Currently in the United Kingdom and the United States, only about 1/4 of the textiles can be reused or recycled. Recycled textiles have many uses, such as mattress tops, bags and shoes. But the real environmental protection is still recycling. Recycling, processing and reselling a second-hand garment consumes only 2% of the energy needed to make a new garment. In the UK alone, more than 3 million tons of carbon dioxide are emitted every year. Promoting second-hand clothes can save a lot of energy and cut a lot of greenhouse gases.
Washing clothes: Ha, lazy people are reasonable
Fashion has piled up the clothes of many families, and the other two big problems caused by this over-consumption are the energy consumed in washing clothes and washing clothes. We firmly believe that the collar must be white, the smell must be fresh as the spring flowers, and everything is given to the laundry is a quality of life. We live in a culture of “wear once, wash once”. In fact, in the UK, only about 7.5% of the clothes are not washable, and most of the rest are just thrown into the washing machine for a turn. This habit of wasting water, detergent and energy is amazing.
The study found that 80% of the CO2 emissions from a polyester shirt were generated during the cleaning and drying process. If the shirt is pure cotton, the ratio is even higher. Therefore, for environmental protection, please wash your clothes a few times.
Food waste: please be gentle
Among all the problems of over-consumption, the most plaguing of human society and the global environment is the waste of food. American families abandon about 30% of their food every year for a total price of $48 billion. The situation in Europe and the United States is similar. About 6.7 million tons of food enters the trash can every year in the UK. Most of the food, like old clothes, enters the landfill and naturally decomposes and emits a lot of greenhouse gases such as methane. Among the foods thrown away, the potato is at the top of the list, with 359,000 tons per year. Bread and apples are roughly the same. Meat and fish totaled more than 160,000 tons, followed by 78,000 tons of rice and macaroni. Human waste food data is like astronomical figures: 4.8 billion grapes, 480 million boxes of yogurt, 200 million bacon… British people waste 10 billion euros of food a year, they will produce 15 million tons of carbon dioxide.
In 2008, the UK Waste and Resources Action Plan published a report on why people are throwing away so much food. The most common reason is that eating the rest of the food is “very difficult to see”. Cook in moderation, understand the shelf life, make a small plan for your refrigerator, and make a list before shopping… these are easy to do. And the most important thing is, don’t go hungry and rush into the supermarket to buy things.
There are countless habits in daily life that violate the concept of environmental protection. Maybe you will protest: “How can you live without the toilet paper?” Maybe some people can’t sleep without drinking coffee. Apply a popular ridicule – “You, not a person.” Yes, you are one in six or seven hundred million. Please stand at the height of the earth and multiply every act in daily life by 6 billion. If you see the destruction today, it will help us to choose a better future.