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The Danger Of Aerosol Cans| More Reasons For Buying Spray Bottle Products

Aerosol cans, we use them around the house for everything from touching up patio furniture to air-freshener to making people smell better. You can find them on nearly every job site, in many work vehicles, and in offices. They’re small and easy to ignore. But when they explode or depressurize incorrectly, they can be deadly. So please, get the knowledge and learn what to do.

Did you know that the aerosol can was created for dispensing insecticides in the jungles of the Second World War, what was known then as a “bug bomb”? Today aerosol cans are used for a broad variety of applications. They are portable and disposable, thus very convenient and widely used. On job sites, many workers don’t think twice about using an aerosol can and tossing it aside when the task is complete, or a can is empty.

Here are some facts about aerosol cans: They are normally manufactured from thin sheets of steel. The products they hold are highly pressurized with a number of types of hydrocarbon propellants, from carbon dioxide or butane or propane. In recent years, some scientists and environmental activists have linked chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) propellants as a contributor of the decrease in the planet’s ozone layer. The positive news is, many manufacturers have shifted to propellants that are thought to be less damaging to the atmosphere, but they are still not great for the environment.

What you should know as a consumer: The propellant in an aerosol can account for as much as 15 percent of the weight most products sold in aerosol cans. From a manufacturing view, using aerosol cans carry much higher costs by weight or volume than their non-aerosol counterparts. In addition, when you compare the cost of the remaining material (such as paint) with other delivery methods (such as paint sold in regular cans), you’ll see that using aerosols often involves a significantly higher cost. That higher cost is passed to the consumer. In other words, you are better off buying a product that does NOT use aerosol can if you have a choice.

Thinking Green is the way right way:
There are plenty of companies that offer environmentally friendly products. It is to each of us to make the right choice and support companies that care enough to take the extra step of providing environmental friendly products. There are plenty of choices of spray bottle products, instead of using aerosol cans. People and nature are part of the cycle, and everything is linked together. Therefore, let’s keep the green concept in mind when we shop. We don’t just do it for our generation, but for the children of our children and their children.

Published: December 22, 2014 | Comments: 0

A Nation of Trash|Horrific Impact On The Environment & Wildlife

According to the EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2006 Americans generated 251 million tons of trash. That translates to a per capita trash disposal rate of 4.6 pounds per person, per day. In details, 65% came from residences, while 35% came from schools and commercial locations such as hospitals and businesses.

The big question is, where does it all end up? 55% gets buried in landfills, 33% gets recycled, and 12.5% goes to incinerators. As you can imagine, collecting and transporting trash and recyclables is a huge task. Here are some very interesting data: According to the National Solid Waste Management Association, the solid waste industry employs tons of people, an estimate of 368,000 folks. Beside the man labor, they use 148,000 vehicles to move garbage to 1,754 landfills and 87 incinerators. They also pick up recyclables at curbside in 8,660 communities and take them to 545 materials recovery facilities for sorting. As you can see, solid waste is big business of about $47 billion in annual revenue.

Trashing the environment
The amount of litter that ends up spoiling the beauty of the natural environment. It is not surprising considering the amount of waste we produce. Glass bottles, plastic packaging, tin cans, newspaper, cardboard, and other types of garbage spoil urban and rural landscapes everywhere. Paper products alone account for over 40% of all garbage thrown away. Sometimes the wind blows trash from overloaded garbage cans or private cars and messes up the environment. Based on that, it’s important to use a car trash bag in your car. Instead of using disposable plastic bags, get a high-quality one that can be cleaned on a regular basis. A high-quality car litter bag will last a long time. Using less disposable stuff creates less garbage and thus pollution for the environment. Because of its nature, trash can last for a long time depending on the disintegration of the garbage. For example, aluminum cans do not disintegrate, and some plastics take decades to break down.

How trash threatens wildlife
Trash can be very harmful to wildlife. Discarded fishing lines can trap the legs, wings or neck of waterfowl such as swans or moorhens. An even worse scenario, a fishhook may get stuck in a bird’s throat that can cause choking and eventual death. Water birds suffer lead poisoning when they accidentally swallow small lead fishing weights. That is not the end; broken glass can cut the feet of foxes, coyotes, or badgers, and unbroken bottles present a hazard to various small animals. Lizards often crawl inside bottles or cans to get warmth, to seek protection or search for food. But the issue is, they may find it difficult to crawl out again and can die of overheating. Small mammals in search of food often get their heads caught in the openings of jars. Because of that, please remember to place lids on bottles and jars before discarding can help prevent animals from becoming entrapped. Birds, fish, and mammals may get ensnared by plastic six-pack holders. There is a simple way to prevent this, cut up the plastic rings so that they do not become traps.

Recycling is good for you and the environment
Recycling avoids many of these tragedies. When you recycle something, the item is sorted and used to make similar items. Aluminum cans, for example, contain about 41%recycled aluminum. In addition, it takes 95% less energy to make a can from recycled aluminum than from virgin bauxite ore, the main core raw material. On top of that, the manufacturer creates fewer greenhouse gasses. In addition, recycling also reduces climate change emissions from incinerators and landfills. “Recycling is truly a win-win situation in terms of global warming pollution,” said Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council and director of its national solid waste project.

Published: December 16, 2014 | Comments: 0