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July 2008 - [Sustainable Concepts] Carbon Footprint and Coins
Sustainable Concepts )
Design Forward Newsletter July 2008, vol. 64
in this issue
  • Calculate Your Carbon Footprint
  • Recycle Your Change
  • Feedback


    Welcome to the July 2008 newsletter from Design Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.

    Quote of the Month: "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children."

    Lisa A. Swan

    Calculate Your Carbon Footprint

    We all contribute to global warming every day. The carbon dioxide you produce by driving your car and leaving the lights on adds up quickly. You may be surprised by how much Co2 you are emitting each year. Calculate your personal impact and learn how you can take action to reduce or even eliminate your emissions of carbon dioxide.

    Article climatecrisis.net

    Recycle Your Change

    You may not think of Coinstar (those machines that you can turn your spare change into dollars) as an eco-friendly business, but they are doing a good thing for the environment. The billions of coins being saved throughout homes in America are an important resource, according to Coinstar's "Change For Our Earth" marketing campaign. Coinstar launched ChangeForOurEarth.com to show us how one can impact the earth through recycling coins.

    Coins are one of the most durable products in the economy - lasting 30 years or more. The U.S. Mint produces new coins from limited resources and metals. Putting coins back into circulation, would decrease the need for mining and refining of copper and other goods.

    Coinstar estimates that $10 billion in coins sit idle in American homes, or an average of $90 per household. If 10% of those coins were re-entered into circulation, this would save 3.2 billion gallons of water and the energy from 4.1 million 60-watt light bulbs.

    Article Lisa A Swan


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