The mission of Big Reuse is to preserve the environment by minimizing the amount of material that is sent to landfills. According to the EPA, municipal landfills account for 20% of methane emissions in the US, second only behind the agriculture sector. While carbon dioxide gets most of the climate change attention, methane is more than 25 times as potent as a greenhouse gas, and a new report indicates that atmospheric methane concentrations have spiked over the past couple years. The importance of the effort to reduce our impact on landfills has never been more significant.
Under the Obama administration, the EPA was working to make a dent in the methane problem. On August 29th, new standards for reducing emissions from both new and existing landfills were announced. Unfortunately, a much bigger event transpired on November 8th. President-elect Trump’s climate change denying picks for Secretary of State (Rex Tillerson) and the heads of the EPA (Scott Pruitt) and the Energy Department (Rick Perry) are a devastating blow to this progress. But democracy still reigns, and these individuals must still be confirmed by the Senate. You can help preserve the environment by uring your Senators to oppose these nominations.
Reducing landfill emissions isn’t just the environmentally responsible thing to do — it also makes good financial sense. You can find amazing deals on quality, second-life home furnishings at Big Reuse. Every purchase keeps an item out of the landfill. And all proceeds support eco-initiatives. Shop at Big Reuse, and reclaim your world.