The Math of Going Green
There are undeniable benefits of thinking green, going green, even wearing green. The most recent evidence is a research that says walking in the park (or even looking at pretty pictures) can help boost performance and fight stress. And since being environment-friendly is just a matter of making simple, smart choices, here are five easy ways to ‘up’ the green quotient in your lives, starting today. And since statistics hit home far more effectively than green evangelism, here’s the math:
Replacing one incandescent bulb with CFL, helps keep 205 kg of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
1. One CFL in place of one incandescent bulb = – 205 kg of carbon dioxide
The Indian government plans to replace 400 million incandescent bulbs with CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) by 2012, saving 6,000 MW of energy annually. The (CFLs), while more expensive than incandescent bulbs, are more energy-efficient, help reduce electricity bill, burn eight times longer than normal ones, and help save up to 11 units of consumption. Further, replacing one incandescent bulb with CFL, helps keep 205 kg of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
2. One recycled phone = four million cars off our roads
Recycled mobile phones can help save 2,40,000 tonnes of raw material according to World Wildlife Fund, India. A few phone manufacturing companies, like Nokia, actually have Nokia Recycle Bins where you can drop off your old model and give life to a new one. Just remember that before you drop it off, you take out all your personal and professional data. Statistics and research say that if each of us recycled ‘one’ mobile phone, we would save as much energy and pollution as taking four million cars off our roads. Now we are talking!
3. Reuse. One cloth bag = 22,176 less plastic bags in an average lifetime
Start by replacing paper napkins with cloth napkins. Replace your paper towels with your old t-shirts, and store the used ones in a small container in the kitchen. Just wash and reuse at a later date. Additionally, when you are shopping for the house, skip taking plastic bags whenever possible. A cloth bag saves 6 plastic bags a week; that is 24 bags a month; that is 288 bags a year; that is 22,176 bags in an average lifetime
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Article by: Pratishtha Dobhal
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