Contrary to popular belief, it’s a very easy matter to reuse or recycle your inkjet cartridges. If you’ve been throwing away your inkjet and toner cartridges in the garbage up to this point, you’re not alone. There are over 13 cartridges discarded in the U.S. every second, according to the folks at CartridgeFundraising.com. In North America alone, that’s more than 350 million cartridges that end up in landfills every year, and that number increases by about 12% on an annual basis, making that a total of 70% of used printer cartridges throughout the world currently being thrown out. These cartridges are made with plastics that can take at least 1,000 years to decompose. Not a good thing. In one year, if all of the world’s discarded cartridges were stacked end-to-end, they would circle the Earth more than three times.
Valentine’s Day has been around for hundreds of years, but we haven’t always celebrated it the way we do today. The first valentines were given in the nineteenth century, and commercial marketing and production are responsible for the mass produced, very consumer oriented holiday we now have. Here are a few facts about how much Valentine’s Day consumes each year.
Around the world, people send about a billion valentines every year. That’s almost as many cards as are sent during Christmas. A quarter of all the seasonal cards sent each year are for Valentine’s Day, and every year we go through more than thirty-six million boxes of chocolate shaped like heart. Add to that the demand for fresh flowers, particularly out of season roses, and the fact that over sixty percent of the population buys commercial valentines, and you’ll soon see a major environmental impact.
You’ve probably heard the term carbon footprint recently, but you might not have a good idea of what it means, or of what yours is. Your carbon footprint is a measurement of the effects you have on the climate, based on the amount of greenhouse gas you produce in your life.
There are lots of everyday activities that produce these gases, from riding in a vehicle to turning on the furnace. Even using the stove is a tiny addition to the problem of global warming. Each year, the average American produces twenty tons of carbon dioxide, or about forty thousand pounds.
We’re all worried about what we eat. From too much fat, to too many refined carbs, to too much red meat, fish, or poultry, there are so many concerns for everyone to pay attention to. With many recommendations conflicting, it gets even harder, and when you throw ecological concerns like over fishing, factory farming, and pesticides into the mix, it can be downright discouraging!
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to enjoy a greener, healthier diet that won’t make you stressed and worried. After all, anxiety is no more healthy than eating junk food – if eating “right” makes you tired, you won’t get much benefit out of it. Here are a few tips to help you improve your diet in an easier and more sustainable fashion.
Contaminants are released into the air when using the conventional cleaning products that are more toxic and dangerous for your overall health. You have to understand that the poor air quality is likely to affect your overall health sooner or later. Therefore, you should go for the green products because you will reduce the exposure to toxic contaminants. You can also protect your family by using such green products. Try producing these cleaning products by yourself and in the comfort of your own home. Not only can it make for a fun family activity, it will also help your family go green. For instance, try using white vinegar to soft your fabrics. Even if you have very sensitive skin, you will be pleased with the final results. This natural cleaning product will not affect your skin at all. The vinegar should stay undiluted. The only thing that you will have to do is to add a half cup to the rinse cycle. You can also use common baking soda in order to clean and absorb unpleasant odors. You can also use it in order to clean the bath tube or the kitchen sink. Another method to clean your carpets is to sprinkle some baking soda right on the carpet and let it stay there for 20 minutes. Afterwards, vacuum it up and enjoy your fresh smelling carpet.