10 Steps to be Greener in the Earth Day

This week on songsharen.wordpress.com, we are gonna fire up the Earth Day celebrated on 22nd April 2012! What can we do to cool down this warming Earth?

First of all, am gonna take you for a journey of different kinds of rubbishes thrown away by us every single day.

  • Up to 60% of the rubbish that ends up in the dustbin could be recycled.
  • The unreleased energy contained in the average dustbin each year could power a television for 5,000 hours.
  • On average, 16% of the money you spend on a product pays for the packaging, which ultimately ends up as rubbish.
  • As much as 50% of waste in the average dustbin could be composted.
  • Up to 80% of a vehicle can be recycled.
  • 9 out of 10 people would recycle more if it were made easier.


  • 24 million tonnes of aluminium is produced annually, 51,000 tonnes of which ends up as packaging in the UK.
  • If all cans in the UK were recycled, we would need 14 million fewer dustbins.
  • £36,000,000 worth of aluminium is thrown away each year.
  • Aluminium cans can be recycled and ready to use in just 6 weeks.


  • Each UK family uses an average of 500 glass bottles and jars annually.
  • The largest glass furnace produces over 1 million glass bottles and jars per day.
  • Glass is 100% recyclable and can be used again and again.
  • Glass that is thrown away and ends up in landfills will never decompose.


  • Recycled paper produces 73% less air pollution than if it was made from raw materials.
  • 12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard are used annually in the UK.
  • The average person in the UK gets through 38kg of newspapers per year.
  • It takes 24 trees to make 1 ton of newspaper.


  • 275,000 tonnes of plastic are used each year in the UK, that’s about 15 million bottles per day.
  • Most families throw away about 40kg of plastic per year, which could otherwise be recycled.
  • The use of plastic in Western Europe is growing about 4% each year.
  • Plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose.

(Taken from http://www.recycling-guide.org.uk/)

What you can do?

  1. Collect rubbish that you wish to throw, separate them. Not only should you separate the organic and non-organic ones, but also be careful in separating (alumunium, plastics, glass, and heavy metals, such as batteries)
  2. Take a bath with decent amount of water. Don’t waste too much water. I love using a pile to see how much water I have used, or you also could try purchasing and using a “water saving system” closets and showers.
  3. Use LED TV. LED TV is such a super energy-saver!
  4. If you are not using electricity, plug all the plugs off. Remember, although not used, those electronics still consume 40-50% electricity.
  5. Go to your local recycling companies. Start collecting now, and take them to your local recyclers. It is worth a thousand of human lives! Trust me 😀
  6. Use rechargeable batteries as they have longer life spans.
  7. Clean your wardrobe and start separating clothes you will never ever gonna use anymore. Donate them or sell them on the secondhand market or eBay. Try sewing broken fabrics, buttons, etc before donating them ^^
  8. Begin learning how to composting your daily food wastes. Use your compose in substitute to your heavy chemicals fertilizers.
  9. Use recycled papers and recycle papers again! Work on jotting down your unused books or ready-to-be-thrown-away papers!
  10. Use green products. You can use lemon to clean and wash the dishes, vinegar to clean metals, and baking soda to wash your basins and even you could make your own deodorant

I hope this ten steps may help you start going green in order to save the heating Earth. In the next post I will tell 10 more steps to keep you in track while doing this cool, extra-edgy habits! 😀 Good Luck!

For further reading please refer to epa.gov/ and recycling-guide.org.uk/


Love from Earth,

MeiHua Song


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