Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A greener way of life…it’s all about the little things

Little changes. Big results.

Here are just a few things to think about…and hopefully act upon.

Did you know that

  • for every aluminum can you recycle, enough energy was saved to watch TV for 3 hours
  • half liter plastic water bottles generate emissions two times the amount of gallon bottles
  • Americans throw away approximately 570 disposable diapers every second, and 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour
  • discarded electronics (including 130,000 computers daily and 100,000,000 cell phones yearly in America) contribute to the fastest growing global waste stream
  • recycling, instead of throwing away, just one ton of paper will save 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil 4,100 kilowatts of energy, 3.2 cubic yards of space in a landfill and 60 pounds of air pollution
  • a plugged in cell phone charger is still using energy even when not attached to your phone
  • clothes dryers are number 3 on the list of energy users in our homes
  • 100,000,000 trees are cut down annually to produce something none of us want anyway…junk mail
  • it only takes 3 months of energy savings to make up the difference in price of traditional light bulbs and their greener compact fluorescent bulb alternatives
  • Energy Star appliances are really worth it
  • it takes far less energy and water to recycle paper rather than making it from scratch (not to mention the trees it saves!)
  • the sleep mode on your computer uses approximately 65% less energy than leaving it on and idle
  • a single rechargeable battery can replace nearly 1,000 alkaline batteries
  • bars of soap are less expensive and save on packaging waste compared to liquid soap

Keeping it green,


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