Every year we throw away 11.7 million tons of e-waste, which is any electronic waste that is either obsolete or no longer wanted. With the amount of global e-waste expected to grow by 8 percent per year, we can’t afford to toss everything in the trash and contribute more and more to growing landfills. The good news? Our highly prized electronics are made of plastics, glass, and other materials that can be recycled and made into new items. Alternatively, you can give new life to slightly outdated laptops, monitors, printers, and more by donating them to schools, thrift stores, non-profit charities, or refurbishers. So before you toss those batteries in the trash or kick your old TV to the curb, read on for tips to responsibly donate or recycle your used electronics.
Naturally, all of us drink water, and many of us opt for bottled water instead of tap in an effort to stay healthier. But drinking from a disposable plastic water bottle isn’t necessarily a healthier option—and it has a highly negative impact on our environment.
It starts well before a plastic bottle even touches your lips. Creating one year’s worth of bottled water requires 17 million barrels of oil, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars or power 190,000 homes. And after a plastic bottle is disposed of, it might become one of the 38 billion bottles that end up in our landfills each year. Even worse, it might wash into the ocean, where plastic waste kills 1.1 million marine creatures annually.
What’s more, plastic water bottles sometimes contain harmful chemicals like BPA, which means that “healthier” bottled water could actually be causing serious health problems.
This infographic from Printwand is a helpful breakdown of the most important facts and statistics that you should know about disposable water bottles, along with the criteria to look for when choosing a reusable alternative (such as those available here).
Our planet is our home and it is our duty to protect it at all costs. But nowadays the growing demands of people in all directions are ‘cutting on’ the Earth’s life. We must take up actions, which will reduce the amount of the damage. Recycling, planting trees and crops, decreasing paper usage are just a few of the things we must do. And if you want your children to live cleaner and better, you should raise them in an earth-friendly manner. They have to be aware of the fact that the planet is not an unlimited resource and that everyone should start ‘eco’ actions in order to make things right.
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Research by finance experts Money Guru shows that 62% of the population will throw litter away at some point, but it is a telling fact that only 28% admit to it.
Chewing gum, cigarette butts, fast food containers and plastic bottles are the most likely things to be littered. Much of this waste finds its way into our rivers and from there into our oceans and when you consider that this plastic is virtually indestructible then you can see why we have such a huge problem.
There are over 38 million plastic bottles used every day in the UK with only just over ½ of these ever making into recycling, along with 200 million cigarette butts littered each and every day, and an estimated 10 million tonnes of waste from the fast food industry then perhaps you can begin to see the extent of the problem.
If you have a needless truck, car or any other type of vehicle that’s outlived its usefulness, you have several options. You could try to sell it yourself, but depending on the car’s state, that could be easier said than done. You could have the car scrapped, like the approximately 12 million cars that are discarded each year to be recycled — but you probably won’t receive much of a return on your investment that way, and it isn’t the most environmentally friendly choice. Donating your car to charity, however, can be a great way to rid yourself of an unnecessary car no matter what state it’s in, while also possibly getting something back in the form of a tax deduction. But before you consider donating your car, it’s important to know what will most likely happen to your vehicle once you turn it over to the nonprofit of your choice.