Can E-bikes help the Environment? [Infographic]

Using an e-bike regularly could have a positive impact towards fighting climate change

  • After only 1,000km an e-bike would offset all carbon emissions produced by its production
  • 89.5 million tonnes of CO2 is produced by road travel per year, whereas e-bikes produce none
  • Built-in battery packs on modern e-bikes can take you 257 laps of an Olympic track

Utilising data from The Department for Transport**, an infographic has been created that looks at total greenhouse gas emissions produced by standard modes of transport versus e-bikes. This is in a bid to encourage people to think about the environment and their role in helping it.

Commissioned by cycling specialists, Cycle Republic, the infographic highlights that if sustainably produced electricity is used for the manufacturing of e-bikes, they will emit almost zero CO2 and produce very little noise whilst on the road.

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Furniture’s Carbon Footprint [Visual + Upcycling Ideas]

Did you know that an average sofa’s estimated average carbon footprint is equivalent to 10.1 gallons of consumed gasoline? It’s true!

Back in 2011, the Furniture Industry Research Association or FIRA for short, took it upon themselves to find out furniture’s carbon footprint, and the results were quite shocking.

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Gardening for Climate Change [Visual]

Have you noticed that spring is coming earlier, that plants are blooming at odd times, or that rains are more intense? If so, it’s likely you’re witnessing the first stages of climate change – and how we plan and manage our gardens will have to change. More and more scientists agree that we’re locked into a global temperature increase of 2 degrees Celsius, which is a number we’re told we can’t cross in order to maintain our planet’s equilibrium.

Your garden can make a significant difference in the fight against climate change. We can use trees, shrubs, and vines to shade our homes and reduce energy use while sequestering carbon from the air. The plants we choose can be composed largely of natives, which are genetically hardwired to tackle local weather extremes. And lawn-reducing planting beds that are thick and lush, just like we’d see in nature, make added contributions to minimizing carbon footprints while providing essential habitat for diverse wildlife.

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Make your Coffee Shop more Sustainable

Humans like their small luxuries. Coffee consumption has been an inseparable part of civilization for half a millennium at the very least, and “coffee culture” has a special place of its own in the modern age.

Contrary to popular belief, coffee does not actually stand right behind oil as the most traded commodity on the planet, but the question of the coffee industry’s sustainability isn’t any less critical. It’s an especially important concern if you’re a coffee shop owner trying to go green.

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How different States’ Commutes affect our Climate (USA) [Infographic]

It’s no secret carpooling is good for the environment, but in major cities where life moves quickly, it’s not always possible. People keep different schedules, work on opposite sides of town, or simply prefer to commute alone. The emerging popularity of electric vehicles has helped to alleviate the burden of vehicular carbon dioxide emissions, but are people making the shift to lower their carbon footprint when they can’t carpool?

The states in which commuters most commonly drive alone to work are some of the states with the fewest electric vehicles. This combination leads to a substantial carbon footprint. Below is a breakdown of the states creating the biggest impacts — both positive and negative — on the environment.

With gas-powered cars and trucks accounting for one-fifth of America’s total carbon dioxide emissions, a small change, such as driving with a coworker, working remotely more often, or switching to a hybrid or electric vehicle, can contribute to a major change! Read on to see where each state stands.

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