When does waste start?
Did you know that you create waste even though you don’t even throw away a product you’ve bought? The fuel needed for transporting goods to the store probably comes to mind. But how about water, energy, chemicals, wood, food, dirty air… Below are some examples that show you how much waste occurs before a t-shirt or food or paper is even sold at a store.
With every pound of shrimp sold, on average 5 to 10 pounds of other fish and sea creatures get thrown away. Why? Because shrimp fishers often use so called ocean trawlers that scrape the ocean floors and take out everything they catch. By-catch, that’s what you call all marine life fishers don’t want to fish, is killed and discarded.
It takes almost 4,000 large bottles of water (that’s 1,800 gallons) to raise the meat for one burger. Actually one third of all the worlds fresh water use is spend on raising animals we eat.
Eighteen times as much land used to feed all the cows (mostly with crops) than it is to feed a vegetarian human. That means if you would use all the farming land to grow food for non-meat-eaters you could feed 18 times as many people. Which means nobody in the world would need to starve if people stopped eating meat.
When cows digest, they release gases in the air that are as bad as all the cars, truck and airplanes in the world together.
For just one T-shirt about 1,500 large bottles of water are wasted, toxic chemicals from dyeing fabric are poured into waterways and end up in our groundwater, greenhouse gases as much as a car driving 20 miles are emitted and many pesticides are sprayed on cotton plants that will provide the fabric.
The paper used in the United States of America requires up to 100 million trees to be cut down every year! During transport and production energy and huge amounts of water are wasted, poisonous chemicals released into streams and rivers and poisonous gases go up into the air.