Facts and Information on Earth Day...Tips form Just Naturals
Earth Day comes around on April 22 of each year. This is an appropriate time to recall this famous quote “Man cannot live or act apart from his environment." (Senator Gaylord Nelson)
History of Earth Day and why it is important
The environment seems like something people have always cared about, but it wasn't until the 1960s that a new wave of environmental activism was launched. American marine biologist and nature writer Rachel Carson and former governor and Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, stood up for the earth and its people. Fast forward to today, and an international holiday to commemorate environmental awareness - otherwise known as Earth Day - seems like a given.
The 1960s and 1970s were a time of turmoil, greed and activism. The Vietnam War was in full effect and no matter which economic tier you were in - rich, poor or in-between - the Earth was everyone's concern. Later that year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was created, and the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Act.
The importance of Earth Day lies in the preservation of humanity - The prolific use of fossil fuels for technology that improves our way of life has had the undesired effect of propagating global warming, with glaciers melting at an accelerated rate. This is why renewable energy and energy storage has become so important.
Just as the public awareness for pesticides and oil spills catapulted changes in Congress in the 1960s, rising sea levels and the fight for independence from fossil fuels have launched the new Clean Air Plan which cuts carbon pollution from existing power plants. As coal plants are retired, energy storage will make the implementation of renewable energy a more rapid and viable avenue to combating global warming.
What is Petroleum?
- Petroleum (crude oil or simply, oil) is a fossil fuel that was formed from the remains of ancient marine organisms.
- Millions of years ago, algae and plants lived in shallow seas. After dying and sinking to the seafloor, the organic material mixed with other sediments and was buried. Over millions of years under high pressure and high temperature, the remains of these organisms transformed into what we know today as fossil fuels. Coal, natural gas, and petroleum are all fossil fuels that formed under similar conditions.
- Crude oil is usually black or dark brown, but can also be yellowish, reddish, tan, or even greenish. Variations in color indicate the distinct chemical compositions of different supplies of crude oil. Petroleum that has few metals or sulfur, for instance, tends to be lighter (sometimes nearly clear).
- Petroleum is used to make gasoline, an important product in our everyday lives. When petroleum products such as gasoline are burned for energy, they release toxic gases and high amounts of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. Carbon helps regulate the Earth’s atmospheric temperature, and adding to the natural balance by burning fossil fuels adversely affects our climate.
- Petroleum, like coal and natural gas, is a non-renewable source of energy. It took millions of years for it to form, and when it is extracted and consumed, there is no way for us to replace it.
What products contain petroleum?
|Solvents||Diesel fuel||Motor Oil||Bearing Grease|
|Ink||Floor Wax||Ballpoint Pens||Football Cleats|
|Bicycle Tires||Sports Car Bodies||Nail Polish||Fishing lures|
|Cassettes||Dishwasher parts||Tool Boxes||Shoe Polish|
|Motorcycle Helmet||Caulking||Petroleum Jelly||Transparent Tape|
|CD Player||Faucet Washers||Antiseptics||Clothesline|
|Percolators||Life Jackets||Rubbing Alcohol||Linings|
|Skis||TV Cabinets||Shag Rugs||Electrician's Tape|
|Tool Racks||Car Battery Cases||Epoxy||Paint|
|Mops||Slacks||Insect Repellent||Oil Filters|
|Roofing||Toilet Seats||Fishing Rods||Lipstick|
|Denture Adhesive||Linoleum||Ice Cube Trays||Synthetic Rubber|
|Speakers||Plastic Wood||Electric Blankets||Glycerin|
|Tennis Rackets||Rubber Cement||Fishing Boots||Dice|
|Nylon Rope||Candles||Trash Bags||House Paint|
|Water Pipes||Hand Lotion||Roller Skates||Surf Boards|
|Shampoo||Wheels||Paint Rollers||Shower Curtains|
|Guitar Strings||Luggage||Aspirin||Safety Glasses|
|Combs||CD's & DVD's||Paint Brushes||Detergents|
|Anesthetics||Artificial Turf||Artificial limbs||Bandages|
|Dentures||Model Cars||Folding Doors||Hair Curlers|
|Cold cream||Movie film||Soft Contact lenses||Drinking Cups|
|Fan Belts||Car Enamel||Shaving Cream||Ammonia|
If you’ve been following Just Naturals on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, or browsing our site, you have seen the steps that we take to help restore the Earth. Earth Day is a crucial day for us but we go further and want to make April- Earth Month. Every day we seek to help educate our consumers on the dangers of toxic petroleum not only for your consumption but for the Earth.
We offer a six step approach to detoxify your home, see http://www.justnaturalproducts.com/creating-a-healthy-home/ for more information. We offer green cleaning tips, toxic chemical information and more important each and every product in our store is free of petroleum and harmful chemicals. Imagine for a moment the amount of petroleum we are using daily if we are consuming “big box” store products; the lotions sinking into our skin, the toilet cleaner running through the pipes and seeping the soil, the laundry products we live and sleep in, which affect our largest organ, the skin. We can all make small changes… one step at a time. Let Just Naturals help you to feel your optimal from the inside out by using quality laundry, cleaning and personal care products.
We are all trying to live our lives optimally.The more knowledge we have, the better choices we can make for the Earth, ourselves, our families and others…for many years to come!