Saturday, July 19, 2008

Conservation and Recycling Information

Did you know?
• 7,500 trees are used for the Sunday edition of the New York Times each week.
• Recycling aluminum uses 96% less energy than it takes to produce the same amount of aluminum from raw materials
• Recycling paper uses 60% less energy than manufacturing paper from virgin paper.
• Recycling 1 glass jar saves enough energy to light a 100w bulb for 4 hours
What you can do at home
• Recycle everything you can; newspapers, cans, glass, aluminum, motor oil, scrap metal, etc.
• Look for recycled and environmentally safe products and packaging wherever you shop
• Use reusable containers to store food
• Install a water saving shower head
• Have your water heater insulated free of charge by your utility company
• Burn only seasoned wood in your woodstove or fireplace
• Try to use phosphate-free laundry detergent and soap
• Avoid the use of household pesticides
• Write to companies that send unwanted junk mail…have them take you off their mailing list
• Increase your awareness of conservation issues, share them with your family

What you can do at the office
• Use scrap paper for informal notes or messages
• Print things on recycled paper
• Re-use copier or printer paper when possible
• Re-use manila envelopes and folders
• Post memos and communications or route a single copy instead of making multiple copies
• Start an office recycling program for paper, cardboard, aluminum, etc.
• Car pool, take public transportation, or ride a bike to work
Source: Truman Medical Center, 2005.

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