Wednesday, October 7, 2015

18 Days of Global Goals (Day 13)

12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
 
This goal sets bold targets for cutting in half food waste by the year 2030 and over the next five years overhauling industrial waste streams. *

The United States has a lot of room for improvement, where many other countries barely have any detrimental waste at all. In Sweden 1% of the countries waste ends up in landfills. Whereas, the United States sends 69% of waste to landfills.**

Asking yourself what you can do to help the UN reach their goal?

On a National level: Recycle. Compost. Avoid food waste. Reuse. Repurpose. Offer large items on Craigslist for free. Donate anything reusable to thrift stores. Join community and urban cleanup efforts. Purchase products with less packaging. Purchase products from companies that reuse materials in innovative ways. Utilize electronic and battery recycling programs. Avoid using any products that have a long decomposition rate. Example: Standard Styrofoam takes 1 million years to decompose.

On a International level: Join and support groups like http://www.sustainabilityconsortium.org/ that actively dedicate themselves to the global improvement and sustainability of consumer products.

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