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Moving toward living more green in my daily life at first seemed like a daunting task. The most helpful thing I have done to create the right mind set is to read, read and read some more. The more I read the more I learn of ways to leave a smaller carbon footprint, that fits easily into my lifestyle. I suppose like my blog's name, this is a journey. Each step lays the ground work for the next.
- More than 900 million trees are cut down each year to provide material for paper mills.
- Paper products make up almost half of all our trash.
- People in the United States use more than 65 million tons of paper every year.
- One tree can filter about 60 pounds of pollutants from the air in a year.
- Every day, businesses in the United States use enough paper to go around the Earth 20 times.
I recently began adding a note to the end of my e-mails that reads, "Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail." You may have seen this on other e-mails. By reading Our Class is Going Green, I was reminded of just how important it is to think about each piece of paper I thoughtlessly use, throw away or don't recycle.
If you have a young child on your gift list, I hope you will consider this fun and educational book. It is a wonderful thing to support the work of such conscientious youngsters. Thanks much to the children and staff at Oak Park Elementary School for their efforts. I hope to hear from them, and if I do, I will share some of their questions and comments with you in January.
Some of my other posts about saving paper and recycling include:Woofing Wednesday Goes to Earth 911
You can also check out some great Green Reads from Green Living Online. I'm looking forward to hearing your comments and suggestions on other good green books for both the young and the young-at-heart. Please COMMENT below by clicking the purple COMMENT link. If you have any trouble with that, you can write to me at CarrieLeaJohnson@gmail.com. I hope to hear from you soon.