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I came across an article describing a new pair of reports from a guy at the EPA…
"the stuff we buy and the packaging that comes with the stuff we buy represent our biggest contribution to global warming – far more so than the amount of electricity our stuff uses, or the amount of fuel our stuff burns on the highway.
As a nation, the products we buy, and the plastic and paper those products are packaged in, account for 44% of our greenhouse gas emissions – dwarfing all other sources of pollution. It's all about stuff. Good stuff, bad stuff, fuel-efficient stuff, organic stuff: The problem is too much stuff."
Here's the full article with a nice pie chart
This is great news, Clif. I mean, not that we are buying so much stuff but that someone from the EPA backs up the claims made in The Story of Stuff. Unfortunately, your link isn't working. When I look at the code, the URL is missing. Can you just copy and paste the URL into a follow-up comment? Thanks!
"As a nation, the products we buy, and the plastic and paper those products are packaged in, account for 44% of our greenhouse gas emissions – dwarfing all other sources of pollution. It's all about stuff. Good stuff, bad stuff, fuel-efficient stuff, organic stuff: The problem is too much stuff."
Awesome! This is why I'm participating in Buy Nothing Day on Friday and hope to keep it up for as long as possible. This is why my underwear is holier than the Sistine Chapel. Yes, I do promote plastic-free products on my blog because there is more to our environmental impact than global warming. There are issues of toxicity and the health of humans and other life forms, which is why I'm not buying any food packaged in plastic. And when people do need to buy new things, I'd rather have them go for the plastic-free option. But honestly, how much do we need to actually own? And how much can we rent, borrow, and simply do without?
Thanks for linking to this article, Clif. I left a comment on the article and sent it out via Twitter as well.
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