What is Ecosia? - The search engine that plants trees. Plastic Recycling Codes - Which Plastics Are Safe. In America, we generate 10.5 million tons of plastic waste per year with only 1-2% being recycled.
Ditching the synthetic material known as plastic is a tough endeavor for any American, even the greenest among us. In our everyday lives, it's everywhere. It's up to us to be vigilant about which plastic products we're choosing to use and which ones must be avoided due to potentially toxic effects that can have serious consequences for our health. One trick you can use to figure out which plastics to avoid is to decode the recycling symbols and knowing what those numbers inside the triangular recycling code mean. Here are three to avoid: Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Plastic No. 3 Plastic No. 6 Better known as polystyrene or Styrofoam, No. 6 plastics are found in disposable plates and cups, meat trays, egg cartons, carry-out containers, aspirin bottles and compact disc cases.
Plastic No. 7. Recycling 101: Can I Recycle That Straw? We all know the drill: Reduce, reuse, recycle.
4Ocean. Made From Recycled Materials. The Swedish recycling revolution. Waste to energy Let’s take a closer look at the 50 per cent of the household waste that is burnt to produce energy at incineration plants.
Waste is a relatively cheap fuel and Sweden has, over time, developed a large capacity and skill in efficient and profitable waste treatment. Help the Environment- The Adventures of EcoRilla Episode 1 - EcoWater Canada. Animals Eat Ocean Plastic Because it Smells Like Food. As the oceans fill with plastic debris, hundreds of marine species eat astonishing amounts of it.
Yet the question of why so many species, from the tiniest zooplankton to whales, mistake so much of it for food has never been fully explored. Now a new study explains why: It smells like food. Algae are consumed by krill, a small crustacean that is the primary food source for many sea birds. As algae breaks down naturally in the ocean, they emit a stinky sulfur odor known as dimethyl sulfide (DMS). Sea birds in the hunt for krill have learned that the sulfur odor will lead them to their feeding grounds. It turns out that floating plastic debris provides the perfect platform on which algae thrives.
Recycle ▶ Get the Facts. How much do Americans throw away?
Americans represent 5% of the world’s population, but generate 30% of the world’s garbage. In the U.S. industry moves, mines, extracts, shovels, burns, wastes, pumps and disposes of 4 million pounds of material in order to provide one average middle-class American family’s needs for one year. In sum, Americans waste or cause to be wasted nearly 1 million pounds of materials per person every year. This figure includes 3.5 billion pounds of carpet landfilled, 3.3 trillion pounds of CO2 gas emitted into the atmosphere, 19 billion pounds of polystyrene peanuts, 28 billion pounds of food discarded, 360 billion pounds of organic and inorganic chemicals used for manufacturing, 710 billion pounds of hazardous waste and 3.7 trillion pounds of construction debris.
If wastewater is factored in, the total annual flow of waste in the American Industrial system is 250 trillion pounds. How Big Is the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch"? Science vs. Myth. Great Pacific Garbage Patch - National Geographic Society. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also known as the Pacific trash vortex, spans waters from the West Coast of North America to Japan.
The patch is actually comprised of the Western Garbage Patch, located near Japan, and the Eastern Garbage Patch, located between the U.S. states of Hawaii and California. These areas of spinning debris are linked together by the North Pacific Subtropical Convergence Zone, located a few hundred kilometers north of Hawaii. This convergence zone is where warm water from the South Pacific meets up with cooler water from the Arctic. The zone acts like a highway that moves debris from one patch to another. The entire Great Pacific Garbage Patch is bounded by the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.
Plastic-Eating Fungus. Plastic Eating Fungus. New Mushrooms Found That Eat Plastic! How to Construct Houses with Plastic Bottles !! The video shows the strength of a mud filled plastic bottle.
When you make a clay brick, the time and energy used right from mixing the clay to baking it in the kiln and taking into account the firewood used for that, you will see that the bottle brick is far more energy-efficient. Plastic Bottle Homes and Greenhouses. Homes made from Plastic Bottles + Greenhouses, too!
Plastic bottle house plastic bottle house Eco-Tec's Ecoparque El Zamorano, Honduras. Ecological House: Constructed with 8,000 bottles with composting toilets and a solar water heating system. The green roof can weigh 30 tons when wet and has been supported by the walls without any extra reinforcement. Poem - Multi Genre Project over Recycling and Conservation. How Long Does Trash Last? Brief Description Student learn how long trash lasts in landfills in this cooperative activity.
Objectives Students will work together in groups to formulate their best estimate of how long some trash items might last in a landfill.
Methow Valley Sunset: Bottle Cap Mural. By Ashley Lodato, Education Director, Methow Arts Alliance One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Students in the REACH homeschool program at Methow Valley Elementary School realized this as soon as they began collecting plastic bottle caps for an art project. Worm "Natural" Recycling Unit. Student videos of recycling. Recycling Video for Elementary Students. Educational environmental video for kids.
Plastic Planet. How is Plastic Made? 8 Ways Kids Can Help the Environment. Time Lapse Photography: Apple Rotting. Interesting Recycling Facts. How Recycling Works.
Recycling Club: Unit Plans. Lesson Plans. The 3 Rs of Reducing Solid Waste: Reuse, Reduce & Recycle. Recycling Lesson Plans, Themes, Printouts, Crafts. Environmental Engineering. Natural Disasters.