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enviro-encourager

May 5, 2009

my reputation for caring about the environment was outed at this morning’s monthly meeting.  the CFO publically corrected his misstatement to the room full of coworkers.  i’m pretty sure he called me opinionated.  i’m fairly certain he meant it in a good way, like this feel good Herbivore love image:

cowhugger

my coworkers have been asked to follow my lead and recycle thier papers.  today they were given the boxes i suggested.  my first educate the office postings also went up today.  small victories. 

i thought i’d share here what awareness basics are being learned:

1)  MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Each year Texans create enough waste to fill two lanes of I-10 from Beaumont to El Paso ten feet high. In only five months, Houstonians make enough trash to fill the Williams Tower.

On April 15, 2009, Houston’s City Council reported a reduction of nearly 200,000 tons of waste sent to waste sites since Mayor White took office, attributing it to White’s recycling initiatives. The money saved is reinvested in more recycling.

When everybody recycles, we all work together, and recycling becomes more effective.

2)    YOUR HELP

It’s people, not programs that make recycling work.  This is where everyday actions can have a direct and immediate impact on the world around us.  It’s up to each of us to make the effort.

3)    RESOURCES ARE CONSERVED BY RETURNING WASTES IN THE FORM IN WHICH THEY CAN BE MOST EFFICIENTLY USED.  

 GLASS

— Making recycled glass requires ½ as much water and produces 20% less air pollution. 

 — Recycling 1 glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for 4 hours!

ALUMINUM

— Making recycled aluminum cans uses 95% less energy

— Recycling 1 can saves enough energy to run a tv for 3 hours or a laptop for an entire day. 

— Throwing away a single aluminum can wastes the energy-equivalent of ½ the can’s volume (6 oz) of gasoline. 

— Aluminum foil is recyclable.  You can buy recycled aluminum foil at your grocery store.

PAPER

— Making recycled paper uses 70% less energy and 55% less water

— Conserving and recycling paper reduces acreage of natural forests, which help improve air, soil and water quality. 

— Cardboard (cereal boxes, wrapping paper and egg cartons) can also be recycled.

PLASTICS

— Look for the #1-7 on the bottom of the object to determine whether it’s recyclable.

— Houston will accept almost all plastics, the only exception being #6 

— Plastic bags can be reused.  Avoid too many plastic sacks by bringing your own shopping bags.  These fit nicely in the glove compartment of your car or your purse. 

— Think about switching to a recyclable means for food storage, like aluminum foil, parchment paper or glass containers (mason jars are inexpensive and work nicely).

COMPUTERS, PHONES AND OTHER ELECTRONICS – 

— These items release toxic chemicals in landfills. 

— Avoid this problem by selling or donating things that are still useful to someone else. 

— Websites like Craig’s List or Freecycle are easy ways to find new owners for these items

4)  EASY WAYS
 
HOUSTON’S CURBSIDE RECYCLING PROGRAM

The Curbside Recycling Program is providing bi-weekly to many Houston neighborhoods.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD HEB

WESTPARK RECYCLING CENTER

Drop off items from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-Sat, except holidays.  Drive through operation so you do not have to unload your own vehicle.

To get your curbside bin delivered or view city recycling locations map, call 3-1-1 or visit www.gogreenhouston.org

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One Comment leave one →
  1. sarahmae permalink
    May 8, 2009 6:07 pm

    I’m a little late in catching up on the blog reading lately, but all I have read here makes me so proud to call you a bestie! Your commitment to all things natural, and LOVINGLY educating the rest of us in the same, is both inspiring and humbling (in the good way!). And knowing your reasons for doing so make it all that more awesome to me. You Rock, gf!! Sure do love you.

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