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Recycling Facts - A Recycling Revolution

Recycling Facts - A Recycling Revolution
The following list of recycling facts are among some of the most thought provoking that I have found. These recycling facts have been compiled from various sources including the National Recycling Coalition, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Earth911.org. While I make every effort to provide accurate information, I make no warranty or guarantee that the facts presented here are exact. We welcome all polite corrections to our information. Please also feel free to contact us if you have additional recycling facts to share. Links to our web site are always welcome. For even more information and additional recycling facts, please visitThe National Recycling Coalition Recycling Basics The amount of information and seemingly endless facts about recycling is overwhelming. What to Recycle Next Now that you are more comfortable with the recycling basics, we can start doing even more to help the environment. Recycling Benefits Recycling benefits are numerous.

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10 Things You Can Do to Save the Ocean 1. Mind Your Carbon Footprint and Reduce Energy Consumption Reduce the effects of climate change on the ocean by leaving the car at home when you can and being conscious of your energy use at home and work. A few things you can do to get started today: Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, take the stairs, and bundle up or use a fan to avoid oversetting your thermostat. 2. Reports and publications This project explored the increasing pressures on the global food system between now and 2050. It highlights the decisions that policy makers need to take today, and in the years ahead, to ensure that a global population rising to 9 billion or more can be fed in a fair and sustainable way. The project focused on 5 challenges for the future:

Fashion Coterie Proves That Eco-Fashion is Far from Frumpy The twice-annual fashion tradeshow debuted some green duds that fashionistas can get behind. New York City’s Fashion Coterie tradeshow happens twice annually — a gathering where retailers can see designers’ newest product lines and purchase their inventory for upcoming seasons. All of the popular lines that we know of and see around in our local boutiques are there, such as UGG Australia, Trina Turk, Tibi, Shoshanna, Steve Madden, BCBG and Citizens of Humanity. But, over the years, we’ve seen a growing trend of eco-friendly designers as well, and like to seek them out first to see what’s new and inspiring. Let’s get one thing straight: Eco-fashion does not equal frumpy. In fact, we were quite impressed by many of the brands that were showing at Coterie’s latest show in February 2012.

Fighting for Trash Free Seas People know that trash in the water: compromises the health of humans, wildlife and the livelihoods that depend on a healthy ocean;threatens tourism and recreation, and the critical dollars they add to our local economies;complicates shipping and transportation by causing navigation hazards; andgenerates steep bills for retrieval and removal. Unfortunately, what we see dirtying beaches and floating on the ocean’s surface is just the tip of the iceberg. Much more lies unseen beneath the surface and far away on the open water — but that doesn’t make it any less important.

Alternative Housing There are several companies that make all-season yurts that can be turned into permanent homes. Yurts cost less than stick-built homes, and even with "all the fixins," they are often less money than even manufactured homes. They can also be assembled quickly in comparison to stick built and even modular homes. And while you might think of a yurt as something small and temporary, some of the larger models are quite spacious. With many you can opt for "tall walls," which leave space to build a full or partial loft above.

Aqua Takes Chicago to Greener Heights While we see many homes being built that incorporate sustainable practices, it’s not often that you can find them in the heart of a city. We imagine that it is even more challenging to build green high rises, which are the majority of the buildings in many city cores. So, when we came across Aqua, a LEED-qualified 81-story mixed-use condo complex in Chicago, we were very impressed and wanted to know more. Located in downtown Chicago off of Lakeshore Drive and within a quarter-mile from several public transportation options, Aqua’s condo units begin on the 53rd floor of the building (floors one to 52 include parkhomes, the Aqua Shore Club, gardens, a Radisson Hotel and rental units) and range from studios to three-bedroom residences.

How You Can Help the Ocean The threats faced by our ocean planet may seem overwhelming. In the face of pollution, climate change, overfishing, and other daunting problems, what you can do on your own may seem like a drop in the bucket. But if we begin working together now, we can make a huge difference. Here are some ways to get started: A beach clean-up in Malaysia brings young people together to care for their coastline. Credit: Liew Shan Sern/Marine Photobank Food safety bill 101: What are the facts and myths? Senate Bill 510 – the Food Safety Modernization Act – aims to protect American consumers from picking up contaminated food at the grocery store. So why are critics calling it "the most dangerous bill in the history of the United States"? Skip to next paragraph Subscribe Today to the Monitor

How long does it take for plastics to biodegrade?" Drop a ketchup bottle on the floor, and you'll be thankful for polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, the nearly indestructible plastic used to make most containers and bottles. Drop the same bottle into a landfill, however, and you might have second thoughts. Why? Because petroleum-based plastics like PET don't decompose the same way organic material does. Wood, grass and food scraps undergo a process known as biodegradation when they're buried, which is a fancy way of saying they're transformed by bacteria in the soil into other useful compounds. Oceans of Trash Kids picking up trash on a beach. (Photo: Randy Faris/Corbis) Litter isn't just a problem in local parks and on sidewalks. It's also threatening the health of the Earth's oceans. According a report released earlier this month by the United Nations (UN), our oceans are filling up with trash. The garbage gets into the oceans when people litter.

Human Appropriation of the World's Food Supply We wish to learn: Is the world food supply keeping pace with population growth? What are the means of increasing the world's food supply? DEP: CT Electronic Recycling Law Connecticut’s Electronics Recycling Law In July of 2007, the State of Connecticut was one of the first in a growing list of states that adopted an Electronics Recycling Law concerning the recycling of household electronic waste (e-waste). This law enables Connecticut to better manage an ever-growing portion of the solid waste stream. Under this e-waste law, residents will have convenient and free opportunities to recycle their computers, printers, televisions and monitors; and manufacturers will finance the transportation and recycling of them.

Plastics in the Ocean Affecting Human Health Author: Gianna Andrews This case study is part of a collection of pages developed by students in the 2012 introductory-level Geology and Human Health course in the Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University. Learn more about this project. Mountain of Plastic. Photo credit: Top News, "Scientists Baffled by Mystery of Missing Ocean Plastic", Jamie Williamson, Over a few decades, humans have managed to dump tons upon tons of garbage into the ocean.

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