It’s Easy Being Green!

I like to drink my water through a straw. I’m not sure why, but I find I drink more and stay hydrated when I drop a straw in my glass of water. However, after going through a few boxes it became apparent that this was not a great choice for the planet. In our earth day column, Plastic Wars, The Earth Day Network notes that approximately 300 million tons of plastic annually produced to make bags, bottles, packages and other commodities worldwide, only about 10 percent is successfully recycled and reused. The rest ends up in landfills or as litter, leaching dangerous chemicals into soil and water, endangering humans and wildlife alike. Fortunately, a social media video crossed my screen touting the benefits of a glass straw. Eureka! A quick google search and I found a set just the right size for my water cup. Now I can stay hydrated with a clear conscience.

This month commemorates our 16th year publishing the Space and Treasure coast edition of Natural Awakenings magazine and we are celebrating our first year of expansion to cover the entire Treasure Coast. We are so grateful to be part of this vibrant natural health community. It has truly been an honor to participate in this national project that brings people together to facilitate healthy choices and options for care.

With this issue we celebrate Earth Day featuring an earth-friendly theme. Find local Earth Day events great for the whole family on page 20. Find out why a warming planet is harming our health and five steps you can take. Consider a plan to reverse global warming. Discover how changing our diet can cool the climate and easy ways to green up a healthy house. Small changes from each of us can make a big difference.

Here’s to making every day Earth Day!

Kris Urquhart, Publisher

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