>Sustainability Connected

>A lot of the research Sustianable 1000 did in Colorado ended up being related to how the effort has to be a combined one so, I thought it would be interesting to look at how recycling and sustainability is doing internationally. After all, we all live on one planet.

Through The Beareau of Internation Recycling, I was able to find some pretty interesting facts. The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) is the only global recycling industry association representing more than 700 companies and 40 affiliated federations from 70 different countries. Its members are world leaders in the supply of raw materials and a key pillar for sustainable economic development

Living in granola Washington State, I was always told to recycle, but I never really understood how significant an impact everyday acts can have.
Here are some of the more surprising facts listed on the website:

1. Of all collected textiles, 50% are reused and 50% are recycled

2. Almost 40% of the world’s need for copper is met by recyling

3. Recyling a single plastic bottle can save enough energy to power a 60-watt bulb for up to 6 hours

4. Recycling paper saves 65% of the energy needed to make new paper

5. An average stainless steel product is composed of about 60% recycled material

6. Scrap tires used as feul can produce the same amout of energy as oil and about 25% more than coal

Pretty amazing…


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