What are you doing to reduce your “carbon footprint?” Here at Paul Penders, the staff all tries to be conscious of the impact we make – both large and small. It’s in the little things we do each day like recycling of office paper and sorting out drink cans and bottles after lunch. In the larger manufacturing processes, we are proud of making natural herbal beauty products that do not add harsh chemicals to your skin or to the environment. Our scientists pioneered an exclusive “Cold Blending technology” which also helps minimize this small company’s “footprint.” Most conventional cosmetics companies use energy-wasting heat-processing which also destroys bio-active ingredients. Paul Penders herbal products are made in small batches, never heated above 35°C, thus ensuring all bio-active ingredients remain at full strength.
We don’t often get praise for the little steps we take to make the world a better place. So please give yourself a pat on the back for “living consciously” – the small ways that show you care about our earth and its people. Each of us makes “a “footprint” on the planet – and with more than 6 billion of us now, that’s a lot of stamping feet! Maybe no one else will notice but allow yourself to smile a little at your own cleverness for saving money and saving the planet when you:
- Turn off the faucet to lather up in order to conserve water
- Turn out the lights before going to bed to cut down on electric bills
- Carry a cloth bag to the grocery store so you don’t need to use plastic bags
- Choose to walk or bicycle instead of driving to reduce oil and gas usage
- Find creative ways to make something old, new again
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency www.epa.gov estimates the average American produces more than 4.6 pounds of trash per day or 1,130 pounds per year — and is directly responsible for 1,060 pounds of carbon dioxide produced from that waste. As trash decomposes, it releases so-called “greenhouse gases” — about 50% carbon dioxide, 50% poisonous methane gas. Adding in household electricity, heating and aircon, plus vehicle use, they estimate an output of “4 metric tons of CO2 or almost 9,000 pounds per person per year” going into our atmosphere. Add in distant travel, especially by airplane, and other factors, and some estimates put the figure up to 20,000 pounds per person per year! That’s a pretty large “carbon footprint” for just one person!
It’s more than time for us all to live a more “conscious life.” Examine all the ways your footprint touches the earth. Tread as lightly as you can!