Source Reduction Campaign
Amma has asked that we begin to concentrate our efforts of sustainable living on SOURCE REDUCTION. This means stopping waste before it begins. Instead of recycling plastics and other throw-away products that need to be processed for reconfiguration into another form, we need to start using products that are designed to last, or find an alternative way of living that eliminates the need for the product altogether. As stated by Maryland’s Department of the Environment, “Reduce or reuse first, then recycle”.

Source reduction saves the earth by:

  • Reducing pollution
  • Conserving natural resources
  • Putting less trash in landfills
  • Reducing energy usage
  • Reducing transportation costs

Because of Amma’s desire, GreenFriends will conduct a Source Reduction Campaign (download the PDF) throughout North America. The goal is to encourage Amma’s children to take steps toward Source Reduction by providing them with the information needed to make wise decisions and implement new ways of doing things in their lives.

There are some excellent resources available to help us get a greater understanding of the scope of the problem with plastic.

The Plastic Pollution Coalition is a growing global alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses, and policymakers working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals, waterways and oceans, and the environment.

A good overall article from the Huffington Post: The Oceans are Drowning in Plastic and No One's Paying Attention

How plastic got started: A brief history of plastic

The most complete guide for the individual: 100 Steps to a Plastic Free Life

According to the National Council of State Legislatures, many US states, counties and municipalities have enacted legislation with various degrees on bans on plastic bags,

States include Arizona, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Missouri, New York, North Carolina and Rhode Island.

Cities with plastic bag bans: Austin, TX Cambridge, MA. Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA, Santa Fe, NM, San Francisco, CA and Seattle, WA.

Cities/Counties with plastic bag fees: Boulder, CO, ​Brownsville, TX, Montgomery County, MD. New York, NY, Portland, MA and Washington, DC.

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