Thursday, August 9, 2007

Doing our part to save the planet

A few weeks ago, I was reading Good Magazine and came across an article titled "Number Crunching", featuring a series of photos by photographer Chris Jordan. Here's one of the pictures from the series:

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The picture shows 60,000 plastic bags, the number used in the US every 5 seconds! There is another picture in the series showing 2 million plastic bottles, the number used in the US every 5 minutes! These numbers are just insane...

FYI - here's a great article from Fast Company about the bottled water industry: link

Here's what Patty and I are doing to try to help out:
  • bought a nylon reusable bag for our groceries
  • whenever possible, we drink filtered water (from the fridge) instead of bottled water
  • installed desert landscaping to minimize water use -> grass requires a ton of water to maintain
  • installed solar landscaping lights
  • replaced about half the bulbs in our house with CFLs
  • replace the air filter for our air conditioning on a regular basis
  • installed ceiling fans and raised the setting on our AC to 87 degrees (I know that sounds pretty warm, but with the fans it's comfortable)
  • purchased a front-loading washing machine -> front-loaders use about 40-60% less water and 30-50% less electricity compared to regular washers; they also use about 75% less detergent
  • recycle whenever possible
  • maintain the air pressure in our cars -> proper pressure maximizes the mileage of your vehicle and tires plus it's safer
What are you doing? We'd love to hear your ideas...

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