Models of Sustainability: Sweden’s Waste-To-Energy Program

Models of Sustainability: Sweden's Waste-To-Energy Program

Due to Sweden’s innovative waste-to-energy program and highly efficient recycling habits, the Scandinavian nation faces an interesting dilemma. They have run out of trash. Sweden’s waste management and recycling programs are second to none as only four percent of the nation’s waste ends up in landfills. By contrast, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, over half of the waste produced by U.S. households ends up in landfills. Because the Swedish manage waste so effectively and then use what remains to partly power their country, they are now living an environmentalist’s dream; a shortage of garbage.

In order to continue fueling the waste-to-energy factories that provide electricity to a quarter of a million homes and 20 percent of the entire country’s district heating, Sweden is now importing trash from the landfills of other European countries. In fact, those countries are paying Sweden to do so. Countries are paying to get rid of a source of fuel they themselves produced so that Sweden can continue to have the energy output they need. Aside from the economic benefit, Sweden’s system of sustainability clearly has vast environmental benefits. Their waste-to-energy system ensures minimal environmental impact from the country’s waste. Sweden’s extremely efficient circle of consumption, waste management, and energy output provides the current global population and coming generations inspiration and guidance towards a more sustainable future. They represent one ally of many who understand the need to live sustain-ably and who fully commit to doing so.

WATER: Know Your Source!

WATER: Know Your Source!

Our tap water system, I am sure was intended to be a good thing (convenience), but unfortunately it’s not the best in drinking for optimal health. Why?

1. Fluoride
Our water is highly fluoridated. There’s the argument that fluoride is needed for “healthy teeth”, this is untrue. In communities where fluoridation has been discontinued, dental decay has not increased, rather decreased.

2. Prescription Drugs
An Associated Press investigation showed that a vast array of pharmaceuticals – including antibiotics, mood stabilizers and sex hormones – have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans. Treatment facilities are not required to test for drugs or filter them out.

3. Dead water
In it’s natural form, water structures itself and holds information. Tap water has been recycled (via machinery), and is filled with chemicals to “purify” it from the waste (feces and urine), toilet paper, tampons and what ever else people flush down the toilet and sinks.

4. Chemical Pollution (Chlorine)
Many public water supplies add chlorine for purification, which can make some chemicals or drugs more toxic. You may think that the government, EPA, and other agencies are looking out for this danger, but the fact is- the Safety Water Act, designed for the public’s safety, only tests for nitroglycerin and that is because it can be made into explosives. They do not test for any other drugs in tap water. Chlorine is a respiratory irritant, in it’s gas form irritates mucus membranes and in liquid form burns the skin.

Spring Water:
Naturally, water comes from a spring which is any pure occurrence where water flows onto the surface of the earth from below the surface, and is thus where the aquifer surface meets the ground surface. Well water and spring water are similar in the sense that they are both produced from natural aquifers located around rock beds and soil. The difference is that spring water continues naturally to the surface and well water has not gone through the full life cycle.

Benefits:
Spring water lacks chemicals, waste, has never touched plastic (which further leach chemicals), and is far more beneficial to the environment. Pure and simple – higher health accompanied by a higher state of consciousness to be gained. Our bodies consist 80% water, built starting from the cellular level optimized with highly structured, super clean, and freshly harvested spring water.

Check out http://www.mountainvalleyspring.com to locate your local glass bottle spring water supplier.

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Seattle’s Urban Food Forest

Beacon Food Forest is a 7-acre food forest in development adjacent to Jefferson Park on Beacon Hill in Seattle, Washington. By the design of the project, and as the area is on public land, food in the edible forest section of the project will be available freely to those visiting the park.