2. Disposal of Makeup
Throwing away your makeup is one of the hardest things that any beauty lover has to do. Whether your mascara is expired or your lipstick got smushed, it’s always hard to say goodbye to your favorite products. However, it’s very important to dispose of makeup products carefully since it could have a detrimental affect on the environment if you don’t. According to Greenyour.com, 1,484 tubes of lipstick are sold in the United States every minute, which leads to how discarded lipstick tubes contribute to the 12 percent of solid waste composed of plastic. Not only are the plastic tubes a risk, most lipstick brands’ contain petrochemicals and lead acetates. In fact, one-third of lipsticks contain lead in levels exceeding the federal limit for safety and that improper disposal of those lipsticks contaminates landfills and groundwater. So what should you do? Purchase lipsticks from a company that has a return program for used tubes! MAC Cosmetics has a successful ‘Back to MAC’ program, that lets you receive free lipstick of your choice in exchange for every six primary packaging containers you return to the store. This is an awesome way to reduce plastic waste and get new lip colors!
3. Turn off Electronics
As teenagers, we are experiencing the rise of the digital age where everyone is connected through electronics. Even though it’s important to put down the phone and be free for awhile, it’s even more crucial to turn off or unplug all electronics when they are not in use. In 2012, the amount of energy wasted by the US economy in one year could power the entire United Kingdom for seven years, and more than half (i.e. 61%) of the energy that flows through the U.S. is ultimately wasted! It’s super easy to switch off your electronics and lights when they are not in use, or just unplug them! Even when they are not in use, Electronics such as DVD players, computers, and kitchen appliances still use a small amount of energy when they are plugged in, and when they are turned off. So Check before you leave any room if you left an unnecessary appliance on/plugged in, because it could waste a lot of electricity if you left it on for the whole day.
4. Use a Non-Plastic Water Bottle.
We can all agree that trying to avoid the water fountains at school as much as possible is quite easy, so it is very common for High School students to bring their own water supply every day. However, it is unsettling to see how many plastic water bottles are used within Brien McMahon, since a plurality of the bottles are not even recycled.
Here are some interesting facts about the usage of bottled water in the United States:
5. Plant A Tree
Every year, about 900 million trees are cut down, which equates to about 2.47 million trees cut down daily. Trees are a necessity of life, since they provide all living beings with oxygen, food, clean air, and shelter. By planting a tree in your backyard, you could decrease the amount of energy wasted during the hot summers because the tree would cool down on your house, supply your family with free food, and create a home for wildlife animals. The cost for planting trees varies on which kind/size of tree you want, but in the end, a larger tree can supply a day’s supply of oxygen for four people, so that’s pretty awesome! If we start planting more trees while we are young, Earth's future can have more green and more clean fresh air than ever before!
It’s impossible to change the world in one day, but if you add these small changes to your daily routine, then too can soon have a huge impact on the environment. Protecting our Planet starts with you!