Yes, it’s good for our shared planet – but there are more benefits to an eco-friendly lifestyle than pristine lakes and healthy forests (though we’re pretty keen on those, too!).
Good for Your Health
Choosing organic food and green products for your household is one of the easiest ways to make a difference in your own health. When organic is on the table, pesticides aren’t, and the research confirms it. Similarly, cleaning products that use toxic chemicals can lead to health issues, while the eco-friendly alternatives are people-friendly, too.
Good for Your Wallet
Making green choices might seem pricier at first glance; in fact, that’s the most common argument against choosing organic food. But if you dive deeper, savings are everywhere. Making eco-friendly choices often means simplifying – think using vinegar and water as a multi-purpose cleaner as opposed to purchasing multiple bottles of harsh chemicals. On the food front, organic food is shown to offer more nutrients than its conventionally produced counterpart, meaning you actually get more bang for your buck.
Good for Air Quality
Between farming and manufacturing, making green choices means better air quality on a global scale; on a more local level, you can improve the air quality in your own home (which is worse than most of us think!) by cutting down on plastics and chemical cleaning products – adding houseplants helps, too.
Good for Farmers
Every time you make a choice at the store, you have the power to make a positive impact in the life of someone across the world. When you vote with your fork, or your wallet, you’re standing up for your right to a healthy environment, yes – you’re also standing up for people who might not be able to make the same choices you do - the poor banana plantation work in Ecuador, or the migrant farm labourer who works in California’s berry fields, who can avoid pesticide exposure by working on an organic farm. Research shows that organic farmers aren’t just healthier, they’re happier than conventional farmers, too.
Good for Future Generations
We’re pretty big on leaving the earth better than we found it for future generations. After all, they should have the same opportunities to drink clean water, eat healthy food, and enjoy pristine nature that many of us have. That means coming up with solutions on a big scale – like growing organic acreage – and making changes in our everyday habits that will set the groundwork for a healthy future.
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Why Live Green: By the Numbers
418,000: the pounds of pesticides you helped Nature’s Path keep out of the environment in 2013
1 pound per hour: the amount of carbon dioxide that is saved from entering the atmosphere for every kilowatt-hour of renewable energy produced.
35 percent: the amount of coal's energy that is actually converted to electricity in a coal-burning power plant. The other two-thirds is lost to heat.
137: the number of plant, animal and insect species lost every day to rainforest deforestation, equating to roughly 50,000 species per year.
4 pounds, 6 ounces: the amount of cosmetics that can be absorbed through the skin of a woman who wears makeup every day, over the period of one year.
86.6 million tons: the amount of material prevented from going to landfill or incineration thanks to recycling and composting in 2012.
95 percent: the amount of energy saved by recycling an aluminum can versus creating the can from virgin aluminum. Energy savings in one year alone are enough to light a city the size of Pittsburgh for six years.
3: the number of hours a computer can run on the energy saved from recycling just one aluminum can.
40 percent: the percentage of energy saved by recycling newsprint over producing it from virgin materials.