If your immediate body is the temple of flesh, blood and bone in which we live, then what is your extended body? It’s this planet. And because our personal health is so interconnected with the health of the environment around us, it’s important to care for both.
With Earth Day just around the corner on April 22, it’s worth giving this planet a little extra loving.
My condo association doesn’t offer a recycling program. In order to recycle, I have to save up paper, cans and jugs – and then take a trip to my town’s recycling center. Because it’s inconvenient, it’s easy to shrug off. Sometimes I can’t help but wonder, “Why bother?”
According to a new smartphone app called iWarm by the Environmental Protection Agency, there’s good reason to bother. If you’ve ever wondered how much energy you save through recycling household products, the app puts everything into perspective.
Here are a few examples:
- Recycling a gallon plastic milk jug saves enough energy to run a CFL light bulb for 56 hours.
- Recycling a 2′x2′x2.5′ cardboard box saves enough energy to run a laptop for 29 hours.
- Recycling the Sunday newspaper (does anyone still read the newspaper?) saves enough energy to power a television for 23 hours.
Recycling men and lovers, on the other hand, is not advised (and consequently requires more energy than it saves). Just saying.
The moral of the story is that recycling matters – and that the energy savings do add up fast. And what’s good for the planet is, of course, good for you.
This Earth Day, honor and care for your extended body through a new or renewed or vamped up commitment to recycle.