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Updated: Sep 4
One of the biggest questions regarding sustainabillity is the scarceness of some raw materials and the way we use them. Not everytime we do it the right way. Sustainability is, in fact, the practice of using natural resources responsibly today, so they are available for future generations tomorrow. Thats why it is so important to pass that message through.
"Think about the natural resources you used today. Perhaps you used water to bathe or texted on a cell phone with copper, zinc, and other precious metals inside. Everything we use comes from natural resources. However, many resources are being depleted faster than they can be replaced. Sustainability is the practice of using natural resources responsibly, so they can support both present and future generations.
Forests are one natural resource that sustainability groups are focused on conserving. Forests made up about 30 percent of Earth’s land mass in 2015, but that number is at risk of decreasing. In 2018, studies showed that approximately 18 million acres of trees are cleared each year for lumber or agriculture. Deforestation destroys the habitat of other important organisms, including fruits, animals, and mushrooms that humans use for food or medicine. Deforested land also increases soil erosion, limiting the productivity of tree growth. The goal of sustainable forestry is to preserve forest ecosystems. Sustainable practices include planting new seedlings in deforested areas and reducing the number of trees cut down each year.
Especially as the human population grows, it is critical that we reduce our depletion of forests, precious metals, and other natural resources. The world population is expected to increase from 7.6 to 9.8 billion people by the year 2050. To decrease our dependency on fossil fuels, many scientists are researching renewable energy sources. The United States military is testing a vehicle fuel made from algae rather than petroleum. And concerns over freshwater sustainability have led to the development of rainwater harvesters, desalination machines, and even more incredible inventions. A European company has produced a drinking straw that filters bacteria, so people can safely drink water from contaminated ponds and lakes."
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Our agreement in Tubular Monkey is to lower as much as possible our ecological print. We ask our customers and friends to reuse, recicle and give another use to our products. Thats why we chose to commit with the alu can, instead of the plastic bottle. The alu can is recicled and can be recicled almost at the infinite. When you finish one can of Tubular Monkey cream, you can use the can to store earplugs, or changes, coins, or receipts, or whatever you feel like, but you can also put it in the appropriate recicle bin. Aluminum is 100% reciclable. That way it can come right back as a soda can, a tuna fish can, or a cookie can, or as a door of your car... it doesn´t matter, as long as you keep in mind that this kind of reuse is benefit at the long term.
In some Surf Schools, we have the agreement to pass by and collect the empty Tubular Monkey alu cans. After that, they are sent to the lab, sanitized, refilled and sent back to the same school that provided us the empty cans. This lowers the price of the final product and we reuse the can. Everyone gains.
Start today, act now!