Posted on 20 September 2012.
Have you ever thought what corn is really used for in the United States? The U.S. Government began to subsidize corn in the late 1970s in an attempt to replace fossil fuels. However, ethanol from corn is not very efficient for fuel. In fact the ethanol made from corn increases the greenhouse gases when compared to standard gasoline. Yet the United States continues spending $10 to $30 billion dollars each year to corn farmers to grow even more. Take a look at this corn infographic to learn the facts about corn. Share your discoveries in the comments.
Posted in Health, Lifestyle, News, Nutrition, United States
Posted on 03 July 2012.
If you do not currently take environmental factors into consideration at work or at home, now is the time to start doing so. With UK landfills bursting at the seams, we all need to be doing our bit to keep as much waste as possible from ending up in landfill and there are so many ways you can help.
At home, keep two separate bins and clearly label waste and recycling. Familiarise yourself with what can and cannot be recycled and make sure all the household are aware of this too.
At work, try and reduce the amount of paper used and send emails out instead wherever possible. Make sure your team are all recycling as much as possible and when new office supplies are ordered, ensure they can be recycled later on when they are no longer in use.
If we all play our part and take action today, we can have a truly positive effect on the environment for tomorrow’s world.
Sophie works alongside ecotileflooring.com and has a strong passion for the environment, working hard to ensure at both home and work she does all she can to avoid sending unnecessary waste to landfill.
Posted in Lifestyle
Posted on 20 June 2012.
The average mover uses 60 cardboard moving boxes to get all of their stuff to their new home. That is a lot of moving boxes. Add to that the fact that the average American moves 11 times over the course of their life and that adds up to 660 moving boxes per a person. Think about how much space those moving boxes are taking up in landfills around the world, and how much cardboard could be saved if they were recycled instead of thrown out after every move.
My Move wondered just how many trees and other natural resources could be saved by recycling moving boxes instead of shipping them off to landfills, and the results were eye opening. In addition to saving close to 6 tons of pine trees from being cut down, recycling moving boxes also saves gas, oil, water and electricity. If you want to make your next move greener, recycle your moving boxes and you could make a real difference.
For moving tips, money saving deals and ways to make your move a little greener visit MyMove.com today.
From: Recycle Moving Boxes
Posted in Lifestyle
Posted on 29 May 2012.
Since 1960, the amount of trash generated annually in the U.S. has nearly tripled. EPA data shows that in 2010, Americans created about 250 tons of trash. They produced just 88 tons 50 years earlier. Part of this increase is due to a growth in population. However, the average amount of trash that each American creates has not kept pace with the expansion of the heap at large.
In 1960, each American’s share of the year’s trash total was 2.68 pounds. In 2010, that amount had risen to 4.43 pounds per person. This is not even double the numbers 50 years earlier. This could be due to the recycling, reuse and repurposing habits that are far more commonplace in the 21st century. Due to high-profile recycling campaigns, Americans today are far more environmentally conscious than their 1960 counterparts.
In 1960, the U.S. recycled only 5.4 percent of the garbage it created; in 2010, the nation recycled fully 34.1 percent. In terms of tonnage, the 85.1 tons of trash recycled in 2010 is more than 15 times the 5.6 tons recycled in the earlier era.
With a continued national effort to recycle as much trash as possible, Americans can keep more garbage out of already overtaxed landfills. As technology finds new and more cost effective ways to recycle all sorts of trash, the U.S. can lead the world toward a significant reduction in resource consumption.
The computer recycling professionals at ROUND2 INC., an Avnet Company, brought you this infographic.
Posted in Lifestyle
Posted on 21 May 2012.
A reader suggested the following infographic for building your own vertical garden. Rob thought it would be a good fit for us and we couldn’t agree more. We’ve shared another DIY project that will help you build living walls of succulents, but this infographic suggests recycling an old wooden pallet. The creativity and recycling were great suggestions.
As the pallet will give more of a rustic look, you could stain the wood for another look. Be sure to look for low or no VOCs. Patriotic Painting Blog has a great list of 10 Eco-Friendly Wood Stains & Sealers & Where to Find Them.
Source: Bridgman Rattan
Posted in DIY, Gardening, Lifestyle
Posted on 19 January 2012.
Here's a great graphical representation of how to get started composting. It's an infographic by WellHome, a leader in home energy retrofitting, and the cartoons are light and fun.
You might learn something new about composting.
We learned that some people run water pipes through their compost piles as a natural water heater. That's clever.
8 Ways to Compost and Which One You Should Try
That slideshow has now inspired an awesome infographic that walks you through why you should compost, what the methods are for doing it, and which one best fits your lifestyle.
Check it out. Created by our friends at home energy specialists WellHome, it's certainly a pretty comprehensive run through for your basic would-be composter. Just be sure that the scroll function on your computer is working…
If you're looking to create a composting bin, check out our ebook the Beginner's Guide to Composting. Learn more about the Beginner's Guide to Composting.
Posted in Gardening, Lifestyle