About a year ago, I went to the grocery store and some students from the University were standing outside the store. They handed over a piece of paper “Why say “Neither”? with this shocking information:
Plastic bags: 100 Billion used every year, requiring 372,000,000 Gallons of oil. 1% of the bags are recycled.
Paper bags: 10 Billion used every year, requiring 14,000,000 trees. 10% of the bags are recycled.
Say “Neither” means “No” to paper or plastic bags and bringing your own reusable bags.
So bring your reusable bags when shopping. Say “Neither!” When will WalMart, Kroger and all other stores take responsibility for this enormous waste?
Go to recycling stations, and companies can have their own recycling areas, or call a recycling company for all your: Papers/cardboard/glass/metal/plastic/batteries/bulbs/chemicals etc.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency
the average American produces about 4.4 pounds (2 kg) of garbage a day, or a total of 29 pounds (13 kg) per week and 1,600 pounds (726 kg) a year. This only takes into consideration the average household member and does not count industrial waste or commercial trash. If this sounds like a staggering number, you would be surprised to know that Americans are not the number one producers of garbage in the world. In Mexico, the average household produces 30 percent more garbage than in America.While the numbers may be difficult to grasp, consider this: with the garbage produced in America alone, you could form a line of filled-up garbage trucks and reach the moon. Or cover the state of Texas two and a half times. Or bury more than 990,000 football fields under six-foot high (1.8 meter high) piles of waste. According to WM Recycle America, LLC, Americans alone throw away enough aluminum to duplicate the full commercial air fleet of the US. (from WiseGEEK)
The statistics for Sweden are: 457 kg per person per year.
A few things to consider:
- Use low-energy bulbs.
- Turn off the lights when you are not in the room.
- Turn off the TV when not watching.
- Turn of the computers etc. when not in use.
- Avoid bottled water or find a local spring here. It takes three times as much water to produce the plastic bottle as it does to fill it. An estimated 60 million plastic bottles are produced, filled and bought daily in the U.S., requiring 17 million barrels of oil (= fuel for 1 million cars for a year). Install a water filter or buy a pitcher with filter, and use tap water.
- Do not use more water than necessary in the kitchen, bathroom, garden etc.
- Paper for the kitchen and for the restroom – small cuts, unbleached if you can find it and as much as possible on each roll.
- Do not pour out chemicals etc. in the sink.
- Use environmentally friendly cleaning detergents, washing powder etc.
- Buy natural or organic cosmetics/skin care/hair care etc.
- Do not throw away leftover food.
- Use compost if possible
- Do not idle the engine on your car when standing still.
- Car pool to work.
- Check your cosmetic products, cleaning detergents etc. here: