What it Really Means to Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

This Thursday, April 22nd marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. While this isn’t necessarily a “holiday” that one should “celebrate”, it should be a day of reflection, education, and committment.

earthdayEarth Day was started on April 22, 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson. According to Nelson, the idea actually took root in 1962 during John F. Kennedy’s presidency.

40 years later, the planet is plagued with more problems than ever and increasing awareness is crucial. Some people argue that everyone should be eco-friendly every day, and therfore having one day a year that spotlights environmental issues is commercializing or dismissing the severity of the problem. Perhaps. But, here’s the thing. So many people aren’t truly aware of some of the issues, let alone how they can help. Maintaining an outlet of education and creating a stream of motivation can certainly not hurt.

And while I agree that we should consider every day Earth Day, the reality is that it’s too easy to forget or get caught up in actions that you don’t realize are having a negative effect on the environment. Let’s face it, with all of the choices we have these days for just about anything we buy, consume, pay for, or build, it’s understably simple to not make the absolute all around best choice. Sometimes we are limited monetarily. Sometime sby availability, and sometimes just because we don’t know the magnified result of our actions. For example, not every one can affford organic produce compared to non-organic. Not everyone has a recycling program readily available. And what modern day parent has the time to wash cloth diapers?

My point is, we as a society are all guilty. I consider myself a moderately eco-conscious person. But, are there things I don’t know about environmental issues? Absolutely. Is there always room for improvement? You betcha.

So, while Earth Day to some may be redundant, I like to think of it as an education medium for those of us that need scary statistics or helpful alternatives thrown our way. I, like most Americans, was blatently ignorant of the waste statistics. In my opinion, waste is a huge topic and a relatively simple area to make strides in. Yes, energy efficiency, sustainable living, recycling , etc. are all vital. But, given the industry I am in, I learned a lot about the everyday waste we take for granted. Until I saw a toilet bidet seat on a business trip to Japan and fell in love with the concept, I was just as ignorant as anyone else about how adversely the use of toilet paper is affecting our environment.

It’s one of those things that you take for granted. It’s part of your everyday routine. You may not even realize that there’s an alternative to not using toilet paper. For most folks, you can’t just simply take it away, without first educating.

That’s where products like Spaloo come in. Most Americans don’t even realize that such a wonder of a toilet seat exists, which is of course why we write blogs. For some of the reasons why you shouldn’t use toilet paper, see my previous post about going green, or learn more about what a bidet seat is and does.

By simply using a toilet bidet seat in your home, you can add to your list of eco-friendly actions easily. Think about the total impact- it is an easy change that you can make that you utilize every day. How many times a day does your toilet(s) gets flushed? By changing to a Spaloo bidet seat, you are easily cutting down on pounds and pounds of toilet paper use.

While I can’t help you decide which hybrid vehicle to buy, or suggest how you can make your kids adhere to recycling, I can make the whole toilet paper issue an easy one for you. Please visit our website for more information, or our online store to buy a Spaloo today.

Take Care,

Bruce

P.S. You may want to visit the EPA’s web site and pick 5 ways that you plan to be eco-conscious. You’ve already got one in the bag… er, I mean bowl.