E-waste, or electronic waste, refers to the collection of all kinds of electrical materials and equipment like TVs, computers, mobile phones, and stereos.
In layman’s term, e-waste is anything electronic that is no longer in use because it’s broken, old, or just not in use anymore.
The accelerated growth in the electronic gadgets and devices market is one of the factors in the fast accumulation of non-biodegradable trash.
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) notes that there was a 22% growth in Information and Communications Technology from 2000 to 2005. Major countries like China and the USA were the major contributors to the large amount of e-waste, which emits toxins into the environment including arsenic, lead, and mercury.
And only 12.5% of e-waste is being recycled.
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At first glance, it is hard to believe the statistics in the infographic below. Not because of its credibility, but because of the overwhelming and shocking facts it presents. It’s an eye-opener for on how we spend a large quantity of our valuable resources to make simple things that we take for granted or easily waste.
The figures will make you flabbergasted on how many trees are used per month just to make coupons alone. Imagine if we spend that much just to make simple coupons, how many trees would be required to make other necessities like paper used for school and work, toiletries, etc…
Even just one person, one family or one business can do something about it. Choose recycled and environmental-friendly products for your home and office. Find ways to repurpose and reuse what you already have.
And when you do need to purchase and dispose items, research if they can be recycled. We pick up e-waste recycling for free in San Francisco Bay area and here is a list of all the electronics we can recycle for you.
Infographic by SavingStar grocery coupons
Have you ever heard of vampire energy?
Most of us will answer “no” and it sounds scary. Well, it is really threatening and scary when you finally realize what vampire energy means.
Vampire energy is also known as standby power, electricity leak or phantom load. It is the electrical energy wasted and consumed while the appliances or electronic gadgets are turned or switched off but still plugged in. Although household or office devices are switched off, they still use certain electricity. Appliances can be in passive (e.g. your cordless phone base station) or active (plasma TV off but still plugged in) standby modes.
The information graphics show numbers for regular standby modes in corresponding devices which range from radio, cordless phone base stations, LCD monitor, computer, laptop, laser printer, plasma TV, VCR, DVD player, game console, microwaves to rechargeable toothbrush – all of which continue to draw power even when they are turned off but still plugged in. How much electricity is being sucked out per annum, in kilowatt hours, and what it costs you, assuming 11 cents per kilowatt-hour. Red lines illustrate passive standby, while the blue lines illustrate active standby. The numbers the information gives are quite alarming. And the scariest part of it is that vampire energy is anticipated to cost United States consumers $3 billion per year!
Vampire energy is a constant drain on people’s wallets as well as sucking the electrical grid, resulting in a huge impact on the environment and our planet. So why not start now and conserve energy?
It is a matter of fact that there’s good business in bottled water, with nearly everyone from all walks of life are drinking bottled water. But you need to think it over after learning the facts from this graphic.
The rate of bottled water is remarkably up to ten thousand more than the rate of tap water. Only in America, 8.6 billion gallons of processed water is being consumed annually which yields $61 billion and with this bottled water, 40% is obtained from public natural water sources or tap water. Information reveals that alarming 22% of tested branded bottled water contained chemical contaminants at ranges beyond state health limits. Surprisingly, 17 million drums of oil are used merely to produce bottled water per annum which is enough to supply up to 1 million cars for one year! Illustrations show that out of 5 bottles of water, only 1 are being recycled and the others go to the waste which happens to be one of the environmental problems we have now.
All of these facts are clearly illustrated in this informative graphics which successfully presented an over-all idea concerning the bottled water against tap water. Not only do we spend much money for lower water quality, but we also add up to the environment’s problem by way of storing up the earth with non-biodegradable plastics from these bottled water. So now, do we need to succumb to our greed for money rather than think about how we can make use of the free water readily available around us?
Regardless of the disturbance in the global economy and the financial crisis, global investment in clean energy is noticeably growing. Investment keeps growing in top countries, with China, US, UK, Europe, Spain, Brazil, Germany, Canada, Italy and India as top investors in clean energy, spending and enhancing confidence among climate action supporters.
Within the years 2005 to 2009, clean energy investments raised fast by 230% worldwide. Innovative technology and decreasing solar energy prices position the solar industry for a great deal of growth. Wind energy makes up beyond 50% of world wide clean energy capability. In 2010, $200 billion for energy, climate and jobs are assumed invested.
Information graphs show how investment in clean energy has gone up. NIneteen countries showing their amount of investments in billions of dollar for solar and wind energy and graphs showing their installed solar and wind capacity in GW. Tabulation show how significantly clean energy investment within five years (2005 to 2009) has rapidly grew on major countries with Turkey, Brazil, China, UK, Italy, US, France, Indonesia, Mexico, Europe respectively. These figures are indicating the views of the world’s developed countries that clean energy is going to be the major positive industrial driver of economic growth in the following years. One of the best alternative solutions for the global climate change the world is dealing with now.
This infographic displays what electronic waste is. It also shows, using statistics, how much electronic waste we create each year and how that’s affecting our environment.
For so many reasons, many species of animals and plants became endangered and died out. They will never be seen on this earth again. The primary reason why their habitats are taken away from them is due to the huge increase of the human population since the last few decades. The chemicals that people use, toxic wastes that are left in our natural waters, all these contribute to the pollution that endangers the lives of species of animals and plants. Hunting and trading, may it be legal or illegal, is also one of the reasons why lives of these species are threatened.
From all over the world, we can find these animal and plant species that are now on the verge of going endangered or worst, extinct. It is very important to know what these creatures are and how to save them from dying. It is a must to learn about them and be aware of their natural habitats. By getting to know them, we can help protect them from being endangered.
Recently, studies show that the rate of the endangered plants and animals have increased enormously. And to be able to understand clearly, we have to take a review of the information given in the graphs shown. Here is a study of countries with the notable possibility of endangered species- mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, mollusks, including plants.
As we turn up the heat during these cold months, we may not realize how much energy is wasted from air leakage. We can save both money and lessen our impact on earth by properly insulating our homes.
Below is an infographic that shows the average monthly kilowatt hour consumption in the home according to each appliance, where the greatest air leakages are in the home and annual hot water usage.
Awareness is the first step in minimizing our energy consumption.
The infographic below gives a staggering look at how much waste we create during the holidays. We can make an impact with greener choices without becoming a Scrooge this season.
Consider these tips to have a green holiday and still enjoy the season of giving:
- Draw names and play Secret Santa.
Nearly 60% of Americans receive unwanted gifts during the holidays. Avoid the re-gift effect and have everyone in your family make a wishlist. Set a budget for how much each person agrees to spend. Then each person draws a name and only has to give the one gift. You’ll save money and your recipients will get a gift they truly want!
- Give gifts of experience.
Instead of wrapped presents, give gift certificates or gift cards for restaurants, movies, museums, plays, etc. Your recipients will enjoy a new experience they can share with their loved ones.
- Get creative with wrapping.
If you are giving wrapped gifts, instead of using traditional wrapping paper, which isn’t recyclable, use newspapers, magazines, paper bags, etc. Reuse gift bags you’ve received in the past. Use the front part of your favorite cards as tags.
- Use LED’s
You can see in the infographic below that LED’s only use a fraction of energy compared to incandescent lights.
What are your favorite tips to celebrate a green holiday?