ConservingNow.com (who I have worked with before) has an amazing program that provides classrooms with a classroom education kit that empowers teachers to teach their students about what it means to care for the planet, and how to make responsible choices – at any age! They contain grade specific curriculum and a reusable bag for each student! You can sponsor a classroom on the nominated classroom list or a specific classroom or even partly sponsor. Find out out to add a classroom to the list here.
Here are some startling facts for you:
- According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually. (Estimated cost to retailers: $4 billion)
- Only 1-3% of plastic bags are recycled worldwide.
- Industry figures show 90% of all grocery bags are plastic.
- Plastic bags are made of polyethylene which is a petroleum product.
- Production contributes to air pollution and energy consumption.
- It takes 1000 years for polyethylene bags to break down.
- Plastic bags don't biodegrade, they photodegrade- breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways.
- They then enter the food web when animals accidentally ingest them.
- 86% of all known species of sea turtles have had reported problems of entanglement or ingestion of marine debris.
- Approximately 1 billion seabirds and mammals die each year by ingesting plastic bags.
We can all do something! Here is a list of changes we can make to start our way to a greener life:1. Start carrying a reusable bag whenever you are shopping.2. Bring a travel mug to your favorite coffee shop.3. Walk to the park.4. Start using reusable batteries.5. As old light bulbs burn out, start buying and using compactfluorescent lights (CFLs) or LED light bulbs.6. Switch to all-natural cleaners (homemade or store-bought).7. Stop using paper plates.8. Buy a bunch of tea towels and ban paper towels from your home.9. Build a backyard compost bin.10. Install a water-saving shower head.11. Invest in cloth napkins and stop buying paper ones!12. Turn your thermostat down at night or when you're at work.13. If you're not doing it already, start recycling!14. Carpool with coworkers or friends who work close to your office.15 Donate your old cell phone to a charity.
Conserving Now has given thousands of classroom kits away because they believe that we should start early in teaching our children how to live responsibly! They are giving one lucky What Mommy Wants reader a single kids envirosax bag! Use the rafflecopter form below to get in your entries! This contest will end on Earth Day April 22 at Midnight! Good luck!
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