The carbon footprint of the digital age [Infographic]

When we think of things that are affecting our atmosphere, we tend to think of car fumes or factories etc. But did you know that sending a tweet or an email is also causing damage to the planet?

This infographic that Fuel Fighter provided, shows just how much damage is being done by the digital world by breaking down the amount of CO2 that is produced every time we tweet, email, watch TV, download music and even when we purchase something online.

The infographic will also show you what huge companies like Google and Amazon are doing to counteract the amount of CO2 that they produce.

So take a look, it might make you think twice about retweeting that funny cat video!

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Ways to Green the Food Supply Chain [Infographic]

 

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With energy efficiency on everyone’s mind in the last few years, experts are looking into ways to make the general food chain more ecologically conscious as well.

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Recycling & Upcycling Design Fair 2014 in Freiburg

FREI-CYCLE-logoLast weekend we had the opportunity to go to the Upcycling Design Fair in Freiburg, Germany hosted by Frei-cycle Deutschland. And here below we will show you some of the amazing projects designed and made out of recycled materials from aluminium bottle caps to cement sacks or parachutes!!! Amazing projects, incredible products! The only thing you need is an idea and there you go! There is plenty of material that usually end up in the landfill, so resistant to temperature changes or weight that lasts ages to be decomposed! Why not give it a try and start reusing from our homes in order to reduce the waste?

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Buying in Second Hand (online) shops, Car Boot Sales and Flea Markets

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I love flea markets, I love second hand shops. If I can find something I like, or something I think it would be useful or “pretty” but is cheaper than if I would buy it on a store… I really wouldn’t mind if it was already used, as long as is still functional. I support this market because I think is part of an “eco-lifestyle”. What would be the point of upcycling and reusing if I’m buying more and more stuff from the big companies/stores? To me, I’m supporting the local business but also I’m avoiding the big consumerism. “Somebody’s trash, may be somebody’s treasure”. And if that comes with the “plus” of helping some charity cause, even better!

I found some information (with statistics and all) that may be interesting for you as well. Hope is useful as a guide to a more ecological ethical-shopping lifestyle (is not only about clothes). This infographic I found it on The Note Passer and it pretty much summarises it all, if you want to know the statistics please keep reading:


“I have challenged myself to shop ethically for clothes, shoes, and accessories from now on. This challenge is forcing me to reevaluate the way that I shop. I created the graphic below to visually represent the questions I ask and the choices I make when I want to buy something. Mapping it out helped me work through the decisions and options available and I hope it will help others too.

First, I ask myself if I really need the item that I want, which slows down my consumerism (a financially positive side-effect). Maybe I already have something similar. Maybe I’m just impulse buying. Depending on what it is, I might just upcycle or borrow. If I determine that I really need the item, I’ll then decide if it needs to be purchased new; getting something that is already in the consumer stream is the best option and there are many places to find second-hand or vintage options: Twice | Ebay | Thrift stores | Vintage stores | Etsy | Yerdle | Craigslist | Swapping parties | Flea markets

If it turns out I can’t find it second-hand or need it to be new, I’ll look for an ethically-made option. This is where all of my research comes in handy. If it turns out I can’t find an ethical version, I at least want to buy a quality item rather than a cheap, throw away version. There is a great movement happening for USA-made, quality, artisan work with companies like Made Collection and Archival. Buying local is another responsible alternative.”

by Elizabeth Stilwell

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Things about Valentine’s Day we bet you never knew [Infographic]

We bet you never knew that 7.7 million women in the U.S. buy roses for themselves on Valentine’s Day. Or that the number of cards sent in the U.S. is enough to go around the world 5 times when laid end to end. Trace the billions of dollars that people around the world splurge on Valentine’s Day – and be surprised!

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Green Documentaries: Shift | Beyond the Numbers of the Climate Crisis

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A film by brother/sister duo, Sam and Kate Fulbright to take a closer look at what climate change really means in the United States, and dive beyond the daunting numbers and graphs to meet the people and communities affected by the problem of climate change.

Learn more about getting involved at ShiftTheClimate.org
Facebook: /ShiftTheClimate
Twitter/Instagram: @ShiftTheClimate