A standard case of glass bottled beverages contains 24 bottles. By recycling one glass bottle enough electricity is saved to power a 100-watt bulb for four hours. A recycled case of bottles saves enough electricity to power the same bulb for 96 hours, which equals 4 days!
The “going green” message seems to have become a mantra of this century’s first decade. Individuals, communities, businesses, states and nations have begun readjusting their environmental focus. With current globalization shrinking the world, it becomes easier to see how the lives of people, ecosystems, animals and plants are all interconnected. For example, according to Planet Green, pesticides used in Argentina can affect the health of folks in the U.S., just as greenhouse gas emissions from Australia can affect the Brazilian rainforests.
There is no denying that the planet, our planet, is impacted by our daily individual actions – good or bad. The bad news is the behavior of humans has had a negative impact on our ecosystems. Consider that approximately 250 animals are on the critically endangered mammal list; or 36 U.S. states are anticipating local, regional or statewide water shortages by 2013; not to mention, the recent environmental nightmare in the Gulf of Mexico. Going green involves taking steps to minimize the damage humans have done. The good news is each of us, as individuals and as communities can make green choices about the products we use, the food we buy, the amount of energy we consume, and so on.
Living an environmentally responsible life and making choices that preserve the earth’s resources will provide our planet with a sustainable future for our next generations. Recent numbers indicate that Americans throw away at least 100 million tons of paper a year, almost all of which can be recycled. A ton of paper that is recycled can save: 7,000 gallons of water; 380 gallons of oil; and enough electricity to power an average house for six months. Think about that!
There is value in going green; value that has environmental, economic and quality of life measurements. The planet’s citizens are beginning to tip the environmental scales in the right direction. It is the day-in and day-out choices that have the biggest impact. After all, look at the power of one glass bottle.