All posts tagged: waste

Happy World Environment Day 2014!

  Happy  World Environment Day!  Help educate your community and raise awareness about global environmental issues as well as ways to help protect the environment. 10 Eco Facts 1. The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year. 2. Over 75% of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it. 3. North Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. 4. We generate 21.5 million tons of food waste each year. If we composted that food, it would reduce the same amount of greenhouse gas as taking 2 million cars off the road. 5. A plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. 6. Fish ingest an estimated 12,000 to 24,000 tons of plastic per year in the Pacific Ocean. 7. Over 100,000 marine mammals and one million seabirds die each year from ingesting or becoming entangled in plastic. 8. 14 billion pounds of garbage are dumped into the ocean every year. Most of it is plastic. 9. …

Digital Dump: Creating an E-Wasteland

  Living in the digital era, our lives have become deeply intertwined with technology.  If someone asked you to place one item in a time capsule that best describes your generation, what would it be? Probably, a smartphone, tablet, i-Pod, laptop, these are a few items that come to mind.  Each new generation is becoming more and more dependent on technology.  Our reliance on technology is at times worrying, for instance, think how some of us react when the  power goes out, there is an islandwide or citywide blackout, or our phone is left at home so we run back and get it, or our phone battery dies and we have no charger with us, or God forbid our internet crashes and we have a meltdown because we have temporally been disconnected from the social media bubbles we live in.  Sometimes, it seems we are reaching a state where we are constantly  plugged in, to social media, the internet, and communicating through every digital or technological channel made available to us.  Perhaps, what may be …