Did you know…
- About 85 percent of the total energy supply in Iceland comes from locally produced renewable energy sources, including geothermal energy and hydropower.
- In the Netherlands, sustainability issues are weaved into school curriculums. This, coupled with an active industry-led advocacy group and high public awareness campaigns, makes the Dutch international frontrunners in sustainable business practices.
- The Germans waste not, want not. Emptying your bin comes at a significant cost, whilst recycling is always free. Even road kill is rendered down for its fat, which is then used for lip balms and other products.
- Switzerland‘s recycling rate is one of the highest in the world. To dispose of your junk you must use an official (and pricey!) grey refuse bag, making the Swiss are very diligent with their recycling. There is also a total landfilling ban, meaning all non-recycled combustible waste must be incinerated.
- Belgium has a recycling rate of 91% when it comes to scrap cars, thanks to heavy investment in state-of-the-art post-shredder technology.
- Vancouver recycles one of the most commonly littered items in the world: cigarette butts. These Canadian cancer sticks are re-birthed into a variety of different products include plastic pallets.
- A handful of countries, including Costa Rica, Albania, Paraguay, and Iceland, currently run electricity using 100% renewable energy.
All over the world people are doing things differently but with a common goal: Reduce our negative impact on Mother Earth.
How simple is that concept? Surely we can all agree on that. We may unintentionally, or rather thoughtlessly, suck up non-replenishing resources and damage irreplaceable natural habitats, but surely there’s not too many people walking around on this beautiful planet of ours actively thinking ‘Let’s fuck this place up!’.
Going by that rather straight-forward logic, we are all tree-huggers at heart! As a part of this Earth’s fauna yourself, you have an innate instinct not to trash the joint (unless you are some kind of supervillain as above, in which case let me tell you – you will not enjoy this blog and your time would be much better spent affixing laser beams to sharks, plotting world domination via mass hypnotism, etc).
So, the time has come to ask yourself, could you be… a hippie? *GASP*
The Oxford Dictionary defines a hippie as: “A person of unconventional appearance, typically having long hair and wearing beads, associated with a subculture involving a rejection of conventional values and the taking of hallucinogenic drugs.”
Does this sound like you? No, me either. I have rather long hair, but that’s about as far as the similarities go.
The Urban Dictionary definition of hippie differs somewhat: “someone who has a bright outlook on life and cares about the world instead of trying to ruin it.”
Sound a bit closer to home? To be fair, Urban Dictionary is perhaps a questionable source and did rather veer off track a bit with some of the follow-up definitions: “The hippy is a sex position where three guys are doing three girls doggy style while the girls are all making out. All the while, all three guys are fist pounding, thus resembling a peace sign.”
Not strictly relevant to the purpose of this blog, but worth considering nonetheless so I’ve included it. So, be you a hippy or in denial, I ask you to join me in celebrating our shared desire NOT to trash the place. Simple.
Sources: http://www.ibtimes.com/honor-earth-day-2014-here-are-top-14-greenest-countries-world-1574812, https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/photos/recycling-around-world-7-practices-slideshow/, http://www.fastcoexist.com/3044360/costa-rica-is-now-running-on-100-renewable-electricity