Did You Know?

Part of going green at Ascott is being aware of our environment and the things we do to affect it. What’s more, knowing the truth about recycling and energy saving has helped us to go green wisely. Here are some interesting green nuggets to chew on:

  • What’s greener: sending emails or sending out memos on paper? Well, neither. This is because according to a study, the energy used to send a single email generates 19g of carbon dioxide. So if you receive the daily average of 58 and send 33 emails, you produce 136kg of carbon dioxide a year. That’s the equivalent of flying from London to Amsterdam and back. What’s more, group emails or those with photos waste four times more energy than a standard message. So, perhaps the old-fashioned, face-to-face conversation might be the greenest option. (Source: Daily Mail, 14 July 2011, Pp 30)
  • The energy saved from one recycled aluminum can will operate a television for three hours.
  • The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle will light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours. Recycling a glass bottle also causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials.
  • Plastics can take up to 400 years to break down in a landfill.
  • As much as 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.
  • Recycled paper produces 73% less air pollution than if it was made from raw materials.
  • Almost half of the contents of our dustbins could potentially be recycled.
  • On average, 16% of the money you spend on a product pays for the packaging, which ultimately ends up as rubbish.

Source: Green in BKLYN & EcoForce