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OMG So much plastic! How to avoid packaging excess

During my time living in Copenhagen I was a member of an organic local veggie association. Every week I used to go pick up my “dose” of vegetables taking with me a canvas bag, filling it up with potatoes, tomatoes, onions, garlic, salad, beetroots – and again a lot of potatoes, beetroots, potatoes, beetroots, potatoes, beetroots… well, that’s what they eat over there :).

Although we are not lacking similar veggie group purchasing in Italy (es. Cortilia in Milan), I didn’t get the chance to become a member of any of those yet. But I think today I will take action against it, as I was completely shocked at seeing the enormous amount of plastic is used in packaging in supermarkets. I mean, I knew it before… but today I looked down to the cart and…

It kind of hurt my eyes…

And my heart. Think about how much petroleum, processing energy, CO2 emissions, transportation costs, toxins and mould on our food we can save, just by avoiding packaged fruits & vegetables.

Next time you are at the grocery store… Think about this post. Let’s make a change together!

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“Sorry if we used plastic for packaging, but please do recycle it” – What?! Are you kidding me? Of course I will recycle it.

That’s the least I could do, but you, dear producer, should just stop filling up my house, my fridge and my cabinets of it. You and I, we both deserve to nurture ourselves – and leave on a cleaner, healthier Planet.

Alexander wants to be more professional than planting trees

Thanks to Alexander Shehata

DID YOU KNOW… ? On average a UK citizen is responsible for 15 tons of CO2 emissions a year, a US citizen for 28tons. PC Power Management would save 80tons.
Read my post on a playful tool to know more about our emissions.

LO SAPEVATE CHE…? In media un cittadino inglese è responsabile di 15 tonnellate di emissioni di CO2 all’anno, un cittadino americano di 28 tonnellate. Il programma di PC Power Management potrebbe salvarne 80 tonnellate.
Vuoi sapere quanto “emette” una mela o un matrimonio?  Leggi qui

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Green city no cars

How many times you – stuck in the traffic jam – have dreamt about giving up the car and slowly walking through a wood, possibly alone… Now the dream is going to get real thanks to English non-profit organization Giveacar teamed up with Trees for Cities! “An average car will pay for around 13 saplings – about the right amount needed to offset a year’s worth of carbon.” – says The Green Thing Blog.

Quante volte imbottigliato nel traffico hai desiderato buttare via la macchina e ritrovarti d’improvviso in un bosco a passeggiare da solo, in pace… Il sogno sta per diventare realtà, grazie alla sinergia tra due organizzazioni no-profit inglesi: Giveacar e  Trees for Cities! “La valutazione di un’auto usata da rottamare è di circa 13 giovani alberelli, che corrispondono esattamente alla quantità di verde necessaria per compensare un anno di emissioni di CO2″ – come spiega The Green Thing Blog.

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Playing with emissions

Why is CO2 so important, a sort of jerky obsession to environmental reports and transportation managers? If you are interested in knowing how much emissions your everyday actions produce, here you have a smart and funny infographic by Data Visualization.

Carbon dioxide is essential to make life possible on earth but too much of anything can make you sick, even a good could be a curse. That’s how CO2 levels exceeding the quantity naturally absorbed by ecosystem has become thread to global warming • read my post.

How many CO2 emissions I may cause having an apple for lunch? Supposedly zero, but if I buy that apple in superstores it’s 80g of CO2 more in the air.

What if I send an email? It’s 50g if I put attachments. And what if I got married? It’s 5 tons of CO2 – if I invite less than 100 people – thanks to all single people taking care of Our Planet!

Continue the list and have fun!

Per chi si preoccupa di calcolare le emissioni di CO2 collegate alle nostre azioni quotidiane, ecco uno strumento simpatico e intuitivo fornito da Data Visualization.

Il biossido di carbonio è tra le sostanze fondamentali che permettono la vita sulla terra, ma, si sa, il troppo stroppia. In quantità limitate è assorbito dall’ecosistema diventando nutrimento per le piante ma il suo eccesso è causa del (sur)riscaldamento globale • leggi l’articolo .

Mangiando una mela a pranzo a quante emissioni ho contribuito? Apparentemente zero, se fosse del mio orto, ma se la compro al supermercato sono 80g di CO2 in più nell’aria.

E se invio una email? 50g quando ha immagini in allegato. Se mi sposo? 5 tonnellate di CO2, invitando meno di 100 persone – grazie a tutti i single per la salvaguardia del pianeta!

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Ce ne siamo dimenticati? Un secolo di riscaldamento globale • Trying to hide from global warming? Global warming over a century • アメリカのNASAから地球温暖化を見せる新しい動画です。どうぞご覧下さい。

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