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Monthly Archives: March 2013

  • A Life without the Convenience of Water from the Tap - World Water Day 2013

    TODAY- Friday, March 22, 2013 is World Water Day! This annual event is sponsored by the United Nations and is an initiative to help bring clean drinking water and sanitation to those in remote and developing parts of the world. It is also meant to advocate the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

    When you woke up this morning, it is likely you went into your bathroom and triggered your faucet to stream clean and drinkable water. You may have also tweaked it a little to be at just the right temperature. This is something people do every day without truly appreciating it. The next time you go to the water source in your home, think of the millions of people who do not have this luxury. The next time you are outside miserable in the rain, think of the people in developing countries and dry climates who pray for rain. The next time you are in a long line for the bathroom, think of those who have no facilities to wait for.

    In the United States, when we have issues with our water we simply call a plumber. Many may see this as an inconvenience, but can you imagine a life without clean running water in your home or even the nearby area?

    Food for Thought:

    -It is estimated that there are 1.58 million deaths annually from diseases caused by unclean drinking water

    -One person dies about every 20 seconds from water related illnesses, the majority of these are children

    -37% of the world still does not have access to sanitation facilities

    -Women and children spend 40 billion hours annually collecting water in Africa alone, often subjected to unsafe areas along the way

    -The UN estimates: 783 million people do not have access to clean drinking water, 2.5 billion people do not have access to proper sanitation, and 6-8 million people die annually from the consequences of disasters and water related disease

    -During the next 10 years, several countries important to the United States, will experience water issues

    It is important we acknowledge these issues before it is too late. In the developed world, we must adopt sustainable alternatives to products that rob our environment of their natural resources. We must also be conscious of our own water use and ecological footprint. Numerous organizations are working to install wells and other fresh water sources in developing areas. Monetary donations to these groups or even word of mouth among friends help to make these organizations successful. The question is what will you do for World Water Day?

    A mother and her children finish their day off by collecting dirty water in the Lira district of northern Uganda


  • The Plastic Bag Problem

    Do you fully understand the impact of plastic bags on our environment? Many consumers don’t realize how big of an issue this is becoming. Several countries around the world have put an end to the “free plastic bag” used in stores, drastically reducing the number of bags consumed nationwide. They do this by making consumers pay extra to use plastic bags, which many do not want to do. This forces people to bring their own reusable bags when making purchases. This practice is catching in both developed and developing countries such as Europe, South Africa, and Taiwan. This strategy has done wonders for local environments around the world and is helping them to move toward a greener future. When will the U.S. adopt a more sustainable approach to the plastic bag problem?

    Plastic bags have an impact on wildlife, the Earth, and the management of garbage in landfills. In today’s world it is not uncommon to see plastic bags dancing along the highway or scattered along beautiful scenery. Many do not think twice about it. Additionally, many wild animals consume remnants of plastic bags resulting in fatality. Marine wildlife is among the most affected. The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) estimates that there is about 46,000 pieces of plastic litter scattered across every square mile of the ocean.

    The cost of producing and using alternative products such as paper or reusable bags has further complicated this issue. Convenience is the American lifestyle and it is often easier to throw materials away than it is to take them to a recycling center. However, reducing the use of plastic bags and other plastics is a great first step toward achieving a greener lifestyle because it is much easier than other measures such as driving less. Researchers estimate about 100 billion plastic bags are used in the U.S. each year. Many do not consciously notice the effects of plastic bags and other plastics on the environment, but it is a problem that that the public should be paying attention to.

    Shocking Statistics:

    -only about 1-2% of plastic bags are recycled

    -thousands of marine animals and about one million birds die each year due to the consumption of plastic

    -animals mistake plastic bag remnants as food and ingest them

    -plastic bags are made with petroleum which causes pollution during their production

    -12 million barrels of oil are used to create the nearly 100 billion plastic bags used in the U.S. alone each year

    -it is estimates retailers spend about $4 billion a year on plastic bags

    -the average U.S. family uses about 1,460 plastic bags annually

    Act today by eliminating the use of plastic bags, or reusing a single plastic bag multiple times. Consider taking any plastic bags currently in your home to a recycling plant! Also, move toward a greener future by adopting sustainable materials to everyday products! Polly Products can help you do that today! Visit our website at www.pollyproducts.com or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/pollyproducts to learn how our products are making an impact on communities all around you!

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