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Why Women Are Better For The Environment.

Hey it’s not MY Opinion… take it from the experts at earth911.com. My Comments in Green.

But rather than get down on the guys, let’s celebrate the ladies. Because it’s International Women’s Day, March 8, let’s take a look at the top ways women have been proven to help to improve the environment.

1. Women recycle more.
About two-thirds of households that regularly recycle credit the woman of the house as the “recycling enforcer,” according to a 2009 survey. That’s a big deal since women continue to shoulder most of the housework, experts say. I Gotta say, it’s my husband who does the recycling in our house.

2. Women are more keen to be green.
About 41 percent of women compared to 27 percent of men cite eco-friendly living as a daily goal, a national survey finds. The same study showed that more women than men want to use reusable shopping bags and reduce their household’s energy use. Well think about it. Those re-useable bags don’t have the most masculine look to them.

3. Women eat less meat.
Men consume more meat and processed foods than women, conclude two recent European studies – two categories of food that are especially resource-intensive. Women eat more fruits and vegetables, which use up less land, water and CO2, for example. Men need more protein than women to sustain themselves. (Look at me defending men.)

4. Women take shorter trips.
Is it because they ask for directions and take a direct route? We’d like to think so, but no: men drive and fly longer distances for their jobs, the European studies show. Women use more public transportation, too, which lessens their carbon footprint. This I have found to be true in my own life as well.

5. Women save gas.
Aggressive driving lowers gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway, says the U.S. Department of Energy, and studies repeatedly show that women are less likely to speed than men. (That’s reflected in insurance premiums, too.) Women also seem to HAVE less gas than men also. (Yes, I went there.)

6. Women are eco-fashion forward.
The lack of eco-friendly menswear isn’t a big surprise since designers overwhelmingly focus on women’s apparel, but because women also buy more clothes, they have a greater influence on the industry as a whole. Did I mention our clothes are smaller, too?

7. Women make more eco-purchases
Beyond fashion, women are more likely than men to buy eco-oriented or recyclable products, according to an international study. Again, that’s potential for a big impact since women make at least 75 percent of home purchase decisions, researchers attest. Now to get the men on board ;)

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