Sustainable consumption practices to eliminate the impacts to the environment


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​​​During the feast of St. John, everybody has a lot of fun, eat a lot and if you get too much, huh? Months before the start of the celebration, clothing, accessories and decorative items are already being made to leave the event well fancy and special.

A multitude of items is used every year to compose the highly anticipated St. John: paper, straw, fabric, paint, makeup, plastic, cardboard and, of course, ingredients for preparing the recipes of delicious typical dishes.

Such production and consumption both can mean more costs for the Pocket and more impact on the environment, as well as garbage and even more waste. The Brazil is the fourth country in the world that generates more plastic garbage, but only recycles 1%, according to study of the WWF (worldwide Fund for nature). According to the survey, 104 million tons of plastic will pollute the ecosystem until 2030 if there is no change from the use of the material. It is therefore important to draw attention to the need to promote a sustainable jerk.



Sustainable consumption is the conscious choice and responsible for items that are produced with less natural resources, in a manner not detrimental to the environment and that can be easily recycled or reused. In the definition of the Ministry of the environment, means to buy what is really necessary, extending the useful life of products as much as possible. We act in a sustainable manner when our buying choices have the environment as a focus, with the understanding that have environmental and social consequences-positive or negative.

To adopt a really sustainable consumption, it is essential to promote a significant change of habits in our daily life are small actions can have a very positive result in the long run.

For example: in 2018, the feast of São João de Caruaru, in the Wild of Pernambuco, had an audience of 2.5 million visitors in 30 days of programming in urban and rural areas, according to the prefecture. On occasion, if each person has used an average of four disposable cups per day of party, means that have been used 10 million units of glasses. If each visitor had brought home your own reusable Cup or bottle for drinking at the party, the environment would have been spared from receiving tons of plastic waste, material that takes up to 400 years to decompose. It is worth remembering that this volume of waste helps overcrowding landfills and dumps, which ends up requiring new areas to deposit everything that is thrown.



Customization of clothing: instead of buying clothes and new accessories for the jerk, is cheaper and environmentally friendly reuse what is considered waste (scraps, ribbons and old clothes) as raw material to produce new parts. Why throw away a straw hat, for example, if it can be customized and make new look?

Apparently not, but the fashion industry is one of the most harmful to nature. It is worth mentioning that she is one of the largest and most profitable in the world, but it is also the second that pollutes more, second only to oil and gas. The data listed in a p search of McKinsey & Company, business consulting firm of the United States. Other research data are alarming: the world consumes about 80 billion new pieces every year, generating 11 million tons of textile waste only in the United States. In factories, work around of 40 million people, many of them receive low wages, work in precarious locations and with excessive workload. In addition, approximately 90% of the cotton is genetically modified and grown with huge quantities of pesticides that pollute the soil, water and cause diseases in plantation workers.

So, time to think on the clothing of the jerk, make a responsible choice. Preferably also to the tissues you don't knead like acrylic, polyester or Microfiber, suplex, nylon, acetate and spandex. They are practical and do not require the iron, so you also saves electricity. 

Typical foods: for many, the eating of St. John is the main attraction to attend parties. Some people spend the year waiting for the moment to eat corn cake, peanut butter cups, chikki and traditional soups and broths that warms us in winter. But, where there's plenty of food can have too much waste. And that's where the responsibility for each time to produce and consume foods from the holidays.

Who works with sale of foods of jerk or does at home for family consumption can prepare several recipes with leftovers. There are several tips on the internet, just do a search to find many interesting recipes focused on reuse of food. For example: If you have cooked corn left, you can make a delicious cake for lunch. The broths and soups can be frozen in several small pots to be re-heated and consumed slowly.

Here in Brazil, about 10% of food available for consumption are lost. Of 268.1 million tons of foods available in the country, 26.3 million are lost, according to le: the United Nations food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) with data from 2013. Worldwide, the percentage is even more alarming: 30% of the total of 1.3 billion tons of food produced each year are wasted, according to FAO estimates. Given this, it is essential that the population pass to adopt new habits of consumption, besides Governments promote public policies geared to the theme. Looks little, but if each of the 210 million of Brazilians do your part, the reduction of waste will be really significant.


Decoration: reuse decorating items already used in previous years is another good way to save money, produce less waste and preserve the environment. Reserve a space in the home, can be a box, to store artifacts, such as flags, balloons, paper pleating, centerpieces, wall ornamentation items, towels etc. Have you ever stopped to think about how much you spend to produce paper flags? Instead of using new, how about making flags of paper, magazine or newspaper?

Dance: another way to enjoy the festivities of St. John healthily and sustainably is the dance. It doesn't have to be anything too elaborate nor Pro, the important thing is to exercise at the sound of a song, release the body and good for the mind. Among the benefits of dance are: burn calories, relieve stress and anxiety, increase self-esteem, toning muscles, exercising balance and to help make new friends. As well as other physical activities, lib dance was brain endorphins, a substance that provides a sense of well-being and tranquility.

Bet on preventive health care, how to have good nutrition and physical activity, brings financial return, since there may be savings on the cost of medications, tests, consultations and hospitalizations.

Report of Exame Magazine with Amil data shows that changes in the habits of a group of 215,000 customers of the portfolio of the company participating in a programme for the promotion of quality of life have contributed to the reduction in hospitalization. Among patients with hypertension, for example, the percentage of hospitalizations of those who follow the program is nearly 50% less than those who do not participate.

In addition to all the benefits already mentioned, who dance can save also on the electric bill. Instead of staying at home watching TV for hours, leaving home for dance could mean annual savings of around R $360 a year in the making. LED TV, for example, you need to work, 120W linked by 4:00 pm during the day, it could mean a monthly cost of R $30 on energy bill.

All of these tips can be incorporated into the daily lives of each and it's always important to keep in mind that all our consumption habits bring impact to the environment, both for the present and for future generation.

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