How to be Green by Buying Red, White and Blue
One of my greatest motivators for adopting a buy local lifestyle is to protect the environment. The United States remains the world’s top emitter of CO2 gas. That means our country bares the most responsibility for contributing to pollution and global warming worldwide. Therefore, it should be our responsibility also to lead the movement for change. What better time than Earth Day?
One of the easiest ways consumers can go green is to buy local. The economic advantages of buying products made in the USA are quite obvious, yet the environmental impact is equally substantial. To commemorate Earth Day, here are five reasons buying American made helps the environment. This Sunday, consider buying red, white and blue to go green for Earth Day!
One: Smaller carbon foot print
Adopting a “buy local” lifestyle has many benefits.. Buying a locally made product means the item is shipped a shorter distance. This uses less energy in the form of fossil fuels and decreases the amount of emissions generated. Less transport also means a product requires less packaging.
Two: Greater environmental regulations
Products made in the USA are made under enforceable regulations that protect our water, air and land. When we outsource our manufacturing overseas, we are outsourcing our pollution as well.
Three: Safer products
Toxins like lead and chromium, commonly found in household goods, not only threaten our health, they contaminate our environment. American made products are subject to stricter testing regulations.
Four: Less waste
Spending money on more quality, durable products saves waste compared to buying disposable products that need to be replaced frequently. Buying American made can save you money in the long run.
Five: Investment in a greener future
Buying sustainably produced American made products helps support a growing employment sector: green technology. This includes products and services used for pollution control, waste management, recycling, and clean renewable energy sourcing.
What would you add to the list? What steps do you take to protect the environment? Do you think the US is a leader in the green movement, and what can we do to improve? Happy Earth Day!