I absolutely can’t stand junk mail in any form. I receive so much junk mail both through email and by regular postal mail, that I have to spend at least 3-4 hours a week deleting, shredding and throwing out both types of junk mail. I am sure this is the case for most of us today, we get bombarded by spammers, emarketers and direct mailers all the time.
There are spam filters for our emails, however it much more difficult to control paper-based junk mail.
Here are some startling facts about paper-based junk mail according to donotmail.org, every year Americans receive close to 104.7 billion pieces of junk mail which requires to produce 6.5 million tons of paper. More than 30% of junk mail usually ends up in landfills.
Well, now there are some solutions for reducing paper-based junk mail.
I recently came across Catalog Choice that can help in reducing mailbox clutter, specifically catalogs that usually fill up my mailbox. Catalog Choice helps to eliminate catalogs that you don’t want to receive which can help to reduce paper waste and save trees, plus it is free. It is a great concept and I highly recommend it.
There is also GreenDimes that helps to reduce all your junk mail not just catalogs, which is also another good solution. GreenDimes also plants trees on your behalf when you sign up to their premium service.
Time magazine’s “The Best Inventions Of The Year” has some some of the best creative products and services of this year. There many cool inventions that are listed on the site, such as foldable and stackable cars, a battery that runs on sugar and much more…….
Of course, The Invention of the Year is the iPhone. I couldn’t agree more.
Yahoo Green: Making the world green one-click at a time.
Because of increasing gas prices in the US, so called “Green Cars” have taken off. There are different types of Green Cars: hybrids, hydrogen cars and electric cars. The 2007 Concept Green Cars at cnnmoney.com showcases some of best green cars from top brands. These cars not only offer bold styles but they also have amazing gas mileage and power.
2005 has been a phenomenal year for hybrid car manufacturers, especially for Toyota.
Recently, NYC decided to roll out its first hybrid taxis using six Ford Escape Hybrids.
How much are you paying for a gallon of gas? $2.70? $2.50? $2.00?
How about paying $1 or less a gallon for environmentally clean biodiesel fuel?
First, you need to convert your car into biodiesel friendly machine using converters from Grease Car or Smarter Fuel, then you can stop by any of the restaurants in your area and pickup a drum of used veggie oil and you are set to go.
NY Times, article “For a ‘Veggie Car,’ Grease Is the Word” has some real world examples of how people are switching to environmentally friendly alternative fuels to heat their homes and run their cars.
What is E-Waste?
E-waste is discarded electronics equipment which could be your old computer, monitor, CDs, cellphone, batteries, printer, printer ink, appliances, TV and other electronics. These products all contain some level of toxic elements that affect the environment in many ways.
What’s the big deal?
In 2004 California Department of Public Safety estimated that there are 315 million obsolete computers in the United States. According to the EPA the United States alone produces over 2 million tons (exact figure: 2,124,400 tonnes/ per year) of electronic waste every year. These numbers are alarming considering that these numbers are growing every year, because there is so many new different types electronic products brought to market every year which creates more obsolete electronics that do not get recycled properly. Mercury, lead, and cadmium are some of the toxic substances in electronic equipment; these toxins can leak into groundwater and create cancer-producing dioxins when burned. If you want to know your yearly contribution to this e-waste, it is exactly 7.33 kg per year (16.15 pounds/year per person).
What can we do about it?
Recycle or donate your old electronics instead of throwing it into the garbage can. In some cases, when you donate your old equipment to certain non-profit organizations you can get a tax-deduction at the end of the year. So it is a win-win situation.
Here are some of the organizations that recycle e-waste:
Helps to recycle your rechargable batteries and cellphones.
E-waste education & recycling center locator.
Cell phone recycling fundraising program for charities.
- US Recycling
Pays cash for used cell phones, empty printer cartridges, surplus printer supplies and old computer equipment.
- Charitable Recycling
Old Cellphones are donated to medical patients, shelters for abused adults and children.
- Recycle for Breast Cancer
National recycling effort that provides a free recycling program to benefit Breast Cancer.
- World Computer Exchange
Brings recycled older working models of computers to poor countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America
- National Center for Electronics Recycling