We were recently approached about featuring a video about the hidden costs of bottled water. As a trash hauling and junk removal company in the San Francisco Bay Area, we see more thank our fair share of empty plastic bottles on every trip we make to the recycling center and unfortunately, we see discarded plastic bottles even more often at the landfill. The following video makes some striking observations and “grades” bottled water very low for their lack of eco-friendliness. We hope you think twice next time before you opt for bottled water over tap water:
Locally: (F) Americans toss 35 billion plastic bottles a year. That’s 111 bottles per person. Each bottle requires about ¼ of its capacity in crude oil to be produced and distributed. Recycling just one bottle would save the same amount of energy required to power a 60 watt bulb for 6 hours. Unfortunately, only 20% of water bottles are recycled each year.
Globally: (F) Plastic is not very biodegradable, therefore every bottle that winds up in a landfill will last for hundreds of years. 22 billion plastic water bottles are tossed in landfills each year. Manufacturing sucks up 1.5 million barrels of oil per year – enough to power 100,000 cars.
Last week, I wrote about avoiding junk to keep your house tidy. Today, I want to talk about turning some of that clutter into green assets. Here in the junk hauling business, we often find that our customers’ junk is full of useful and repurposable items.
Fresh from the internet, I present to you several ways to turn old household stuff into something exciting.
Here at Fast Haul, we help people remove their junk. As we’ve written about before, some of the stuff we remove has sentimental value. A good deal of it once held importance to its owner. But to be perfectly honest, a lot of it was always junk.
Part of living an eco-conscious life is finding ways of avoiding stuff you don’t ever really need. If you’ve got junk, we’ll come pick it up. But if you want to avoid junk, try using these helpful tips:
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