Megan Besecker’s Blog

September 24, 2008

Global Warming (?)

Filed under: Uncategorized — meganbesecker @ 3:44 am

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B."Our bottle looks and feels different because it is purposely designed with an average of 30% less plastic to be easier on the environment."

C."Dryers help protect the environment. They save trees from being used for paper towels. They eliminate paper towel waste. They are more sanitary to use and help maintain cleaner facilities."

D."Made with Recycled Materials"

A. UBike, a GreenU initiative, demonstrates the trend for people and universities (like U. of Miami) to resort to alternate forms of transportation. The bikes are cheap, resources are accessible, and the only thing burned is calories!

B. Multiple plastic companies have also followed the “eco-friendly” trend and created water bottles that use 30% less plastic. By moving in this direction, these companies demonstrate the growing demand for environmental friendly products–a result of increased awareness of global warming. Recycling bins and facilities have also become (for the most part) more accessible. 

C. Hand driers are now more common than paper towel dispensers. Even if this is just means of sanitary, the purpose of products like “World Dryer” is also to reduce the need for paper towels, which require cutting down trees and add to the demand for paper products, and, as a result, deforestation (one of the causes of Global Warming). So, their growing popularity signifies cleaner sanitation and more importantly efforts to reduce global warming one baby step at a time (or set of wet hands).

D. Reduce, reuse, recycle! An idea that has a strong presence in popular culture, its implementation often applies to art and “nick-nacks” like pictured abobe, illustrating environmental awareness and innovation! (if only such attributes were applied on a larger scale).

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1 Comment »

  1. Not only do hand dryers save trees, but it uses less electricity to dry hands with a hand dryer than it does to make even recycled paper towels, which is an energy and pollution intensive process.

    There are still many more paper towel dispensers than hand dryers in the US, but we are starting to catch up to the rest of the world in that regard as paper towels become much more expensive with the rising cost of oil.

    Comment by Chris Berl — September 25, 2008 @ 3:11 pm


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