“Going green” has become increasingly popular over the past few decades. But the “green” movement has been around for a while, with its history rooted (pun intended) as early as the 19th century. So what has the movement transformed into since then?
“Going green” has no singular definition. It essentially means adjusting your lifestyle to reduce your negative impact on the environment. These adjustments can be anything from recycling to riding your bike to work to buying post-consumer products. How far you go is completely up to you. More people than ever are beginning to integrate “green” habits into their daily routines .
Take recycling, for instance. Each year, approximately one billion trees worth of paper are thrown away in the United States. An aluminum can that is thrown away takes over 500 years to biodegrade in a landfill, while glass takes over 4,000 years. On average, each person produces 4.4 pounds of solid waste daily. With over 3 million residents, Connecticut generates nearly 3,000,000 tons of municipal solid waste each year. The more materials that are recycled, the less materials are manufactured from scratch, which means less energy is consumed from factories. Recycling these items is one way way to “go green,” simultaneously providing solutions to the growing landfills, depleting resources, and rising pollution levels.