Ever wondered what happens to all those plastics you’ve dumped into the recycle bin? Watch this video to see how recycled plastics are processed and molded into all sorts of products you would’ve never imagined!
Is cleaning your home recycling; does making the bed and washing the dishes and getting them ready to be used again count as recycling? Is it even important?
There are many questions associated with recycling that are frequently asked; there are many who after finding out the answers forget about recycling and move on; they do not consider it important enough and think that it won’t have any impact on their lives; they couldn’t be more far from reality.
So let’s find out what exactly recycling is? How does it work and why is it important?
What is Recycling?
You must have read many definitions online, but here recycling will be explained in simple words;
Instead of throwing waste and used materials out or discarding them as garbage you can collect and reuse them by turning them into something useful; to make it even more simple; when you make new … Read the rest
Many utility and city programs around the country have started to participate in recycling. Not only is it becoming more popular, but people are seeing it as an easy way to help the planet and conserve resources. There are many benefits of recycling, ranging from environmental and economical.
Many city programs have started recycling to reduce the amount of garbage in landfills. In the 1980s, Americans sent close to 150 million tons of garbage to landfills each year. Currently, Americans still dump an average of 100 million tons each year. In many large cities, space for landfills is scarce, and many people do not like them around. It is estimated that today, 32 percent of waste is recycled which prevents 60 million tons of garbage from ending up in the landfill.
One of the main reasons for recycling is that it helps to consume fewer resources from the earth. … Read the rest
Rumors went viral on the internet that plastic bags are manufactured from crude oils and around 12 million barrels of fuel are used by the plastic bag industry each year to meet the annual demand of plastic bags in the U.S.A. In reality, this is just a rumor as plastic bags have nothing to do with fuels.
The actual fact is that the industrial name of plastic bags is polyethylene which is a polymer of ethylene, a by-product acquired from the natural gas refining industry.
Ethane gas is removed from the natural gas compound since ethane has very high level of latent heat capacity and its presence in the natural gas compound makes it almost unusable as too much heat released by ethane can make natural gas too dangerous for domestic and commercial use.
As a result, ethane gas has no other usability except being used for manufacturing plastic bags. … Read the rest
For many years I had been using an Apple iMac without much complaint. But when I finally decided to get the new MacBook Pro because of my mobility at work, my bulky iMac had to retire. I was feeling a little bit attached to the iMac even after I had the new MacBook so I had a hard time thinking about disposing it even if I eventually have to. The old computer just sat still and quiet in a corner of my old desk for almost a year without any activity. It was literally adding up to my junk at home, so I thought that it would be great if I could sell it but since it was outdated, I never really thought that someone would be interested to buy it. Plus, I also wanted to free up some hard space from my desk so I had to let go … Read the rest
A small piece of litter you have in your hand today could amount to billions of litters at the end of the year. Billions of money is spent just to clean up the litter that many people have thoughtlessly tossed out on the streets and other public spaces. But if each of us try a bit more of discipline and application of basic knowledge about the effects of litter, imagine how much money could be saved and used for other more important services. Here are some of the most important and interesting facts that might just help each of us think twice about littering.
1. 9 billion tons of litter ends up in the ocean every year.
This is more than the amount of trash generated every year which is only 250 million. Suffice to say that people tend to throw things randomly anywhere more often that they throw … Read the rest