Friday, September 19, 2008

Saving the Planet, 1 Bag at at Time

There is talk about saving the environment everywhere. I see ads in the subway, ads on TV, and even articles in newspapers are touting the dangers of us humans interfering with the environment.

One of the issues that I find interesting is that of plastic bags being overused and choking the environment. This has become such a large problem that Ireland has even issued what they call a "PlasTax" where shoppers must pay an extra 15 cents for every plastic bag they use. So far, it has been very successful in cutting down the use of plastic bags and raising funds for the governments' environmental projects.

You might be thinking "I don't wanna pay no Plastax, but I do want to save the environment. What can I do?" Well, some of the more 'green-minded' companies are promoting the use of logo'd Re-Usable Bags. Talk about a great 'green' promotion, not only will the end user see your imprint, but since they are encouraged to use the bags over and over, your imprint will be seen by other shoppers on every grocery-store trip that person makes. Check out our re-usable and eco-friendly bags when you think about your next 'green promotion'

Now it's our turn to walk-the-walk. Here is some interesting info that we can use to make small changes that will make our everyday lives a little greener;

- Idling your car for more than 30 seconds gets you 0 miles per gallon. Which can seriously hurt your MPG average, and your wallet.

-A professional car wash uses 10 times less water than you doing it by hand and hose in your driveway. Which is great seeing that I just learned about a $5 carwash on my commute home.

-Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs use one third of the energy that regular light bulbs do, but burn just as bright and last 10 times longer.

-Under inflated tires can cost you some major gas mileage. Check your tire pressure regularly, especially before a long road trip.

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