One of the many reasons that Conscious Period tampons are made from 100% organic cotton is because organic practices are significantly more environmentally sustainable than conventional techniques. Organic cotton requires less water, does less damage to soil and eliminates the risks of toxic pesticides for farmers and other organism in the ecosystem. For example, studies show that organic cotton crops reduce water use by 91% and energy use by 62%. Continuing to support an eco-friendly supply chain is an essential part of our mission.
Over the past week we have noticed the increase in public conversation about the environmental impact that we all make every day. Many publications have offered suggestions about the most accessible ways to reduce your carbon footprint. We have compiled some of the best advice that we have gathered to help make you informed choices and always #beconscious:
“ Eat everything in your refrigerator: Scientists have estimated that up to 40 percent of American food is wasted — which amounts to almost 1,400 calories per person every day. Food waste occupies a significant chunk of our landfills, adding methane to the atmosphere as it decomposes. Even more important, wasted food adds to the amount of food that needs to be produced, which is already a big part of our carbon load.” – The New York Times
“ Stop Idling: Don't idle your vehicle engine if you are stopped for more than 10 seconds (unless you are in traffic). Turn off your engine when you are picking up your children at school or waiting in a drive-through line. This cuts fuel use and air pollution.” – Department of Ecology, Washington
“ Become a vegetarian, or better yet a vegan: The share of greenhouse gas emissions from animal agriculture is usually pegged at 14.5 percent to 18 percent, but the Worldwatch Institute found lots of oversights in those calculations that, when properly counted, bring the ag contribution all the way up to 51 percent.” – Forbes
“ Lots of simple ways: You can plug leaks in your home insulation to save power, install a smart thermostat, switch to more efficient light bulbs, turn off the lights in any room where you are not using them, drive fewer miles by consolidating trips or taking public transit, waste less food, and eat less meat, take fewer airplane trips, buy an electric or hybrid car, put solar panels on your roof, or both.” – The New York Times
“ Get informed: The most powerful way the average person can combat climate change is to become informed about it, says J. Marshall Shepherd, former president of the American Meteorological Society and professor at the University of Georgia. ‘Obviously, it makes sense for people to be as efficient and green as possible in their thinking on a day-to-day basis,’ he said. ‘But where I think the biggest impact that individuals can have is: Becoming climate literate.’” – CNN