PEACE, LOVE, AND FUTONS!

“Peace on earth depends on our ability to secure our living environment.”

Dr. Wangari Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004


The Futon Shop promotes eco-friendly, comfortable and affordable furniture to fit in any room in your house. We are also always open to learn new ways to live a sustainable life! Here are a few helpful tips:

Why Go Green
Treehugger’s top green tips!
1) Real food is fuel for the body — and the planet.
According to one study, organic milk has 68 percent more beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids than conventional milk. Making green food choices also has global consequences. Buying local means supporting the local economy and reducing the greenhouse gas emissions required to get food from its origin to your plate. Buying fresh food means reducing packaging and energy used for processing.
2) The average woman absorbs more than 4 pounds of cosmetics during her lifetime.
Choosing green personal care products often means using plant-based ingredients in place of petrochemicals, preventing these chemicals from being absorbed into your skin.

3) Making stuff takes lots (and lots and lots) of energy.
To help mitigate the footprint of your material life, choose goods made from green (or greener) materials, such as sustainably harvested wood, organic cotton, or repurposed and recycled materials. Your choices will help protect forests, habitat, clean water and biodiversity; ensure sustainable land-use practices; and reduce the amount of waste clogging up our landfills.

4) Clean, renewable power is already available to everyone.
By signing up for a renewable energy program through your local utility, generating your own power, or purchasing renewable energy credits (also known as “green tags”), you contribute to our collective capacity for generating more clean power from wind, solar, and other sources and you help reduce demand for energy from more polluting sources.

5) Better transportation means less global warming.
Anytime you choose to walk, ride a bike, or take public transportation, you reduce (or totally eliminate) the carbon dioxide and particulate emissions created by driving a gas- or diesel-powered car. You’ll help slow global warming and help stave off our date with peak oil. Choosing greener options – such as a train over air travel – for long-distance trips can immensely reduce your carbon footprint.

6) Nature Recycles Everything. So Should People.
By recycling and reusing, we reduce the amount of waste that sits in landfills (where even biodegradable products often can’t break due to lack or oxygen and sunlight). Recycling materials also saves energy compared to using virgin materials to create new products. Some materials, like aluminum and glass, can even be recycled without being “downcycled,” or turned into a product of lesser quality.

7) Your clothing choices impact more than just your appearance
By choosing eco-friendly clothing –- say, purchasing organic over conventional cotton, one of the world’s most chemically dependent crops, you also choose a better product that is easier on the soil and groundwater. How you care for your clothes –- using cold water in the washing machine, eco-friendly detergents, and line-drying (at least part of the time) –- can all reduce the impact of your wardrobe.

8) Water is not a renewable resource.
By shifting away from bottled water, we can reduce global greenhouse gas emissions (from shipping), the energy required to produce (petroleum-derived) plastic, and the volume of waste trucked to our landfills (from empty bottles).

9) Greener goods are more humane
Supporting “Fair Trade” products and fair labor practices ensures that goods– from coffee to clothing – were not born in a sweatshop. Buying goods made in the U.S.A. (and preferably purchased nearby where they were made, which cuts down on transportation costs) means production practices are governed by strict labor laws.

10) There’s nothing corny ’bout peace, love, and understanding.
When Dr. Wangari Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, the awarding committee recognized her accomplishments by saying, “Peace on earth depends on our ability to secure our living environment.” Maathai, the founder of the Green Belt Movement (one of Planet Green’s NGO partners), has helped the world connect the dots between women’s rights, sustainable development, democracy, and world peace — get the details in the TreeHugger Radio interview with Maathai. The connection between peace and the environment has been cemented by Nobel Prize Laureate Al Gore and the IPCC, who have driven home the points that global climate change is an issue of science, technology, human behavior, ethics and peace, and that one person’s actions can truly make a difference. Equating the two — peace and the environment — allows us to understand the big picture and the manner in which we’re all connected.

-futonlove

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