Earth Day: Caring For Your Extended Body.

If your immediate body is the temple of flesh, blood and bone in which we live, then what is your extended body? It’s this planet. And because our personal health is so interconnected with the health of the environment around us, it’s important to care for both.

With Earth Day just around the corner on April 22, it’s worth giving this planet a little extra loving.

My condo association doesn’t offer a recycling program. In order to recycle, I have to save up paper, cans and jugs – and then take a trip to my town’s recycling center. Because it’s inconvenient, it’s easy to shrug off. Sometimes I can’t help but wonder, “Why bother?”

According to a new smartphone app called iWarm by the Environmental Protection Agency, there’s good reason to bother. If you’ve ever wondered how much energy you save through recycling household products, the app puts everything into perspective.

Here are a few examples:

  • Recycling a gallon plastic milk jug saves enough energy to run a CFL light bulb for 56 hours.
  • Recycling a 2’x2’x2.5′ cardboard box saves enough energy to run a laptop for 29 hours.
  • Recycling the Sunday newspaper (does anyone still read the newspaper?) saves enough energy to power a television for 23 hours.

Recycling men and lovers, on the other hand, is not advised (and consequently requires more energy than it saves). Just saying.

The moral of the story is that recycling matters – and that the energy savings do add up fast. And what’s good for the planet is, of course, good for you.

This Earth Day, honor and care for your extended body through a new or renewed or vamped up commitment to recycle.

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Comments

  1. Davey — three people in our household read the L A Times paper every day. Our ages 35-76.

  2. christopher says:

    i dont understand why mandatory recycling isnt required by everyone.i live in a complex that doesnt require require it-but across the street-private homeowners are required to recycle.at work we recycle.packaging is the single biggest problem.there was a time when all soft drink bottles were returnable.we have a throwaway society.everyday should be Earthday.

  3. Hi Davey –

    I just stumbled on this posting and wanted to comment.

    Another angle to take on recycling is to go one step further and actually engage in waste reduction. The link below is from a TED lecture; the speaker instructs the audience on how to use just one paper towel when drying your hands (instead of the usual 2 to 5). I tried his method and it worked so well, it took my head clean off! I’ve taken to telling everyone I know, in addition to contacting REI, Trader Joes, Starbucks and Peet’s to see if they’d implement this in their stores.

    Here’s the link to the vid: http://www.ted.com/talks/joe_smith_how_to_use_a_paper_towel.html

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