PGC 365 is a portal to learn and take action around key sustainability themes. Inspired by Project Green Challenge, this year-round extension is open to everyone, everywhere who aspires to transition from conventional to conscious living. Each month, PGC 365 highlights a new theme featuring resources and various entry points for engagement. One relevant challenge asks participants to make simple, specific changes in their personal lives and inspire others in their families, workplaces, schools, and communities to do the same.
TTG digital and social media platforms offer a range of resources to inform, inspire and engage participants.
Participation is designed to be extremely simple, open-ended and fun. Just read the challenge, complete Green, Greener and/or Greenest tasks, and hit submit to upload deliverables. We will award at least one fantastic eco-prize package for outstanding work each month.
The goal of PGC 365 is to provide specific information and concrete steps toward conscious living, offer actionable resources and information, and empower people everywhere to affect change – because together, we can better the world.
Every piece of plastic ever created still exists. You may take out the trash, but out-of-sight does not mean gone. Each year, the piles of plastic in landfills get bigger and bigger. In 2009, 72 million tons of containers and packaging ended up in the U.S. municipal solid waste stream; 60% was recyclable, but only 13% was actually recycled (Earth 911). Trash has taken over massive swathes of ocean with floating garbage patch toxins leaching into soil and polluting groundwater. We may not have the solution, but there is one eco-responsible approach: zero waste living.
In a world that is designed for the dump, here are some tools to take a stand against single-use, disposable products destined for landfill. Zero waste living involves three main components: not creating non-recylable waste in daily life, choosing products that repurpose or upcycle waste (like those made from post-consumer recycled content), and recycling or repurposing any waste that you cannot avoid producing.
To minimize personal contribution to landfill, let's add a couple Rs to the traditional “reduce, reuse, recycle.” Refuse: say no to everything you can live without. Renew: opt for items that are self-sustaining or naturally regenerating. Rot: keep food waste and other biodegradable materials out of landfill and create rich compost to nourish the soil!