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So, if we stop using disposables, we make less garbage.  But how many other benefits do we actually get from disposing of disposables?  Well, I was thinking about this question, and it seems like the benefits are… almost endless!  In fact, it excites me that every time I choose not to buy or use disposables I can pat myself on the back for a whole slew of benefits!  Some of them are similar because they are related, but each are different aspects of benefits that are interconnected.

If our society were to dispose of using disposables, we would be

  • reducing the consumption of energy to manufacture more product
  • reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing more product
  • reducing the amount of waste produced in the manufacturing of more product
  • reducing the consumption of energy to transport more product
  • reducing the environmental impact of transporting more product
  • reducing the consumption of raw materials and natural resources to make more product
  • reducing the environmental impact this has on our natural spaces and saving animal habitats
  • reducing the consumption of water to manufacture more product
  • reducing the environmental impact this has on our water resources
  • reducing the air pollution made in manufacturing more product
  • reducing the air pollution made in transporting more product
  • reducing the amount of garbage being produced
  • reducing the destruction of natural space and animal habitats needed to bury more garbage
  • reducing the consumption of energy needed to transport and bury more garbage
  • reducing the air pollution caused by the need to transport and bury more garbage
  • reducing the air pollution caused by the incinerating of garbage
  • reducing the amount of leaching of chemicals into groundwater from landfills
  • reducing the amount of products in our stores, and perhaps reducing the store sizes and their environmental footprint
  • reducing the opportunities for individuals to litter and pollute
  • reducing costs to the manufacturer and consumer in some cases
  • reducing carbon emissions
  • reducing methane emissions from landfills
  • reducing the effects of global warming and all the benefits that entails

And, most importantly, we would be much, much closer to sustainable living.

It’s so simple, yet so amazing to me!  And when I remind myself of all these benefits, it makes me want to do more because it feels so good!

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