Stats to save the world this Earth Day
Today is world Earth day, and a timely reminder of the responsibility we all have, to make sure that we are a force for positive change in the world. Here at Enlightly, we love improving things and sharing the knowledge that helps to bring about change. In the post below, we have statistics to enlighten us all, identifying the areas where we can be most effective in saving the planet.
Recycling is on the increase in the UK, in 2014, 44.9 percent of household waste was recycled, rising from 44.1 percent in 2014. This is up from 40.4 percent in 2010. The EU target for the UK is to recycle at least 50 per cent of household waste by 2020.
Making do and mend is also coming back into fashion, Millenials are far more likely to fix their phone using a guitar pick and a micro screwdriver than buy a new one when broken. This is particularly beneficial due to the environmental impact of smartphones.
USE A LANDLINE
According to ethicalconsumer.org, landlines take only a third of the power to transmit a phone call compared to mobile phones. A slightly more economical option is texting, which requires much less power than a mobile to mobile call. Apple publishes environmental impact reports for all its smartphones. The carbon footprint for the manufacture and use of their smartphones (not including the transmission of calls) is 55 kg CO2e for the iPhone 4s, 60 kg for the 5C and 70 kg for the 5s.
Electric cars are becoming an increasingly viable option, with the world’s best-selling electric car, the Nissan Leaf having a 106-mile range on the 2016 version. The cars are also exempt from congestion charge and road tax, a typical charge will range from £1 to £3.50 dependent on Tarif, and will enable you to travel over 100 miles. One must bear in mind the source of the electricity, and also, the efficiency of larger power stations vs a smaller combustion engine is up for debate. Charge stations are becoming increasingly popular, you can view a map of them here.
Hooking an electric car up to Solar Pannels feels like a win-win, dependent on when the car will be used. Despite the decrease in government tariffs for selling back electricity to the grid, if you have a south-facing roof, and own your home, they are still well worth considering.
Solar panels do not have the glowing reputation they perhaps should, especially considering advanced silicon-based solar cells generate the same amount of electricity over their lifetime as nuclear fuel rods, without the hazardous waste. These solar panels are also 100% recycled, and as they become more prevalent, are coming down in cost too. There are also some misconceptions on space required, as just 0.3% of the world’s land would be needed to supply all of our energy needs through solar power.
THE INTERNET OF THINGS
Thermostats have come a long way from being glorified timers. The latest thermostats like the Nest from Google will automatically turn the heating off if you’re not in for the evening and are controlled from your smartphone. Some can even be controlled and set by your body temperature using wearables such as Jawbone’s UP3.