Happened to come across these yesterday, and they stood out to me, so I thought I’d share them here. I’m a little late, up a little late, and so yesterday’s statistics, it turns out, are today’s:
– In 1964, just 4% of footwear in the United States was imported. Today, 98% is.
And, in unrelated stats….
– North America sends 106 billion pounds of organic waste to landfill each year; that’s the equivalent of 200,000 garbage trucks creating 37 billion pounds of greenhouse gases each.
– As of July 1, 2015, NYC will require hotels with 100 or more sleeping rooms and large-service businesses such as arenas, caterers, and food wholesalers to dispose of food waste through composting or another means that keeps this organic matter out of landfills.
Rock on, NYC. What do you think — will it be enough, or too little too late? Go ahead, gimme the dirt!
When it comes to manufacturing, now days anything made in the US is surprising. When it comes to waste, well we rule. Looking up the block before it’s picked up, it seems some houses must manufacture garbage. There’s a seeming endless supply of trash at some homes.
Recycling & composting when possible is a good idea, but I wonder about the possible unintended consequences. New handling and sorting of waste, picking it up and keeping it separated, will probably add expenses which will be passed down to consumers. Hopefully I am wrong and the city will supply free or cheap compost in the not too distant future.
I am suprised nobody I heard about has brought up that composting produces methane and CO2- the so called evil gasses of climate warming/ change, or whatever they call it now days. Compost away, it’s a good idea. Nature far outproduces man’s production of greenhouse gas, and if climate is changing for whatever the reason, warmer is better than cooling. I am certain that if it is discovered earth is cooling they will find a tax to ‘solve’ that too. Garden on, convert that CO2 to oxygen!