Recycling is the process of turning one products useful parts into a new product; this is done to conserve on the consumption of resources, energy and space used in landfills.
By recycling one plastic bottle not only saves anywhere from 100 to 1000 years in the landfill but also saves the environment from the emissions in producing new bottles as well as the oil used to produce that bottle.
For every one ton of plastic that is recycled we save the equivalent of two people’s energy use for one year, the amount of water used by one person in two month’s time and almost 2000 pounds of oil.
Today the most common products in cities recycling programs are paper products, cardboard, plastic, glass and aluminum.
Approximately 60% of our rubbish thrown away today could be recycled.
A survey was done and 9 out of 10 people surveyed said they would recycle more if it was easier.
Odd as it seems there are many people who do not realize that plastic bottles our water comes in is made out of oil. This is the same oil that is used to make gasoline. It's the same oil that is in such high demand and is not an unlimited resource.
Clothing Recycling - Facts, Benefits & Opportunities
The environmental footprint of our clothing is substantial. Americans throw away 68 pounds of clothes on average each year, and we only buy 10 pounds of recycled clothes annually.
The materials used to make our attire are often environmentally toxic and require significant amounts of energy and water during the manufacturing process. If you are going to buy new clothes, why not buy those made out of sustainable materials? There are now companies that sell gear made out of crops that require less pesticides and water, such as:
Of course, buying recycled clothes has an even smaller environmental footprint. The 12 to 15 percent of people who shopped at consignment and thrift stores in 2006 saved 2.5 billion pounds of clothes from re-entering the waste stream.
How Clothes are Recycled
▪ Sell your clothes online. E-commerce sites like eBay allow you to sell them at the price of your choice or watch as people bid madly back and forth to get their hands on your old shoes and vintage jeans. You can also list your clothes on Craigslist and Freecycle.com.
▪ Go to your local consignment store. Places like Buffalo Exchange and Crossroads Trading will give you cash or store credit in exchange for the clothes they buy from you. Other consignment shops will give you a cut of the profit they make on your old gear.
▪ Donate your clothes. Goodwill and Salvation Army are in almost every state and offer tax forms you can file for incentives. You can also look in your neighborhood for clothing collection boxes for local charities.
Many charitable organizations hire independent contractors that assist in locating areas to place clothing bins, service and maintain the bins, and transport the materials.
If you or someone you know owns or manages a real estate property, and is interested in being paid a fee for the placement of a charitable clothing bin, please contact us at The Cotocon Group.
Third+Bond Is Brooklyn’s Second LEED Platinum Building
Last week, Brooklyn’s Third+Bond condominium development in Gowanus earned Kings County’s second LEED Platinum rating from USGBC. (You may recall the first: Park Slope’s Silhouette condominiums, a 5500-square-foot development).
Located just a block from the Gowanus Canal on – you guessed it – Third and Bond Streets, the project was designed by Tribeca-based Rogers Marvel Architects and built by The KiSKA Group. Like The Silhouette before it, Third+Bond simultaneously pursued an Energy Star rating from EPA under its program for new homes.
Green features are what you would expect: locally sourced materials, double pane windows, and FSC-certified wood. Appliances in each unit are Energy Star-rated; low-VOC paints and sealants were used throughout. Efficient heating and cooling systems are also controlled within each unit and lighting systems have automatic dimmers.
Developed by Hudson, Third+Bond earned its Platinum rating under the LEED for Homes system. Studios and one- to three-bedroom layouts – including duplexes with garden space – range from the low $300s to over seven figures.
Report Reveals America Now Receives More Power From Renewable Sources Than Nuclear
A recent report published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration reveals that America now receives more of its energy from renewable sources than it does from nuclear generation plants. In the first three months of 2011, the country’s biomass/biofuel, hydropower, wind, geothermal, and solar energy generation plants produced a combined 2.245 quadrillion Btus of energy or 11.73 percent of U.S. energy production. During the same period, nuclear energy plants produced 2.125 quadrillion Btus...read on
Attack of the Jellyfish:
Sea Creatures Shut Down ANOTHER Power Station Amid Claims Surge is Due to Climate Change
Another power station was shut down by jellyfish today amid claims that climate change is causing a population surge among the species. A huge swarm clogged up the Orot Rabin plant in Hadera, Israel, a day after the Torness nuclear facility in Scotland was closed in a similar incident.
Hadera ran into trouble when jellyfish blocked its seawater supply, which it uses for cooling purposes, forcing officials to use diggers to remove them...read on
Bahamas Bans Shark Fishing
The Bahamas on Tuesday joined the growing global movement to protect sharks, betting that the endangered animals are worth more to visiting divers than they are to fishers.
The law, signed into effect by Lawrence S. Cartwright, the agriculture and fisheries minister, bans all commercial shark fishing in the country’s 243,000-square-mile territorial waters and prohibits trade in shark products...read on
Japanese Robo-Suit Enables Paralyzed Man to Visit France
A 49-year-old Japanese man who has been paralyzed for 28 years since he was involved in a car accident is set to embark on a trip to France with the aid of this super high-tech robotic suit. The futuristic device, that looks a lot like Iron Man‘s suit, will help Seiji Uchida to achieve his dream of visiting the medieval French World Heritage site of Mont Saint Michel...read on
First Solar DOE Loans Full Speed Ahead: 1,300MW, $4.5B
Just another day at the DOE Loan guarantee office -- providing $4.5 billion to three massive solar farms. The award will allow First Solar to supply approximately 20 million solar panels to the three projects from U.S.-based manufacturing sites. Yes, that's 20 million panels...read on
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Local Law 84
All buildings in New York City over 50,000 square feet are required to submit an annual energy benchmark. We're here to help make it as easy as possible for you to meet this requirement, while putting a valuable financial evaluation tool in your hands.
Building owners and operators are growing more concerned with the upcoming deadline to have their properties properly benchmarked. Professionals in the industry are reporting a sharp increase in the RFQ's for building benchmarking. What surprises most industry professionals is how easily and quickly these buildings can be benchmarked - assuming of course you hire the correct professionals.
Benchmarking is easy-to-do, inexpensive, and accessible. In addition to supporting the requirement, we can provide intuitive monthly reports on your energy usage and spotlight opportunities for energy savings. The first benchmark report is due to the city on May 1, 2011 (grace period instituted, please see below), but there are benefits to starting as soon as possible so that you can take control of your energy usage sooner.
The grace period for penalties only applies for May 1 to August 1, 2011 while owners get used to the new requirements; (however, the city doesn't expect extensions in future years). Russell Unger, Executive Director of the Urban Green Council, sees the extension as a smart move. While some owners have already been benchmarking, for the vast majority, especially residential coops, this is totally new. Given that 16,000 buildings are impacted by the law, and the fact that the final rules were only issued last month, an grace period for the fines will make the transition to the reporting less painful.
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