Everyone knows that Friday is Earth Day, Right? In honor of Earth Day and your devotion to become a deeper shade of green we are going to recognize some of the most extraordinary efforts aimed at preserving the environment which was provided to us by Guinness Book of World Records. These are inspiring to read and will hopefully help motivate all of us to become a little greener along the way.
Most Bottles Recycled by a Dog – A Labrador called Tubby, owned by Sandra Gilmore in the UK, has helped recycle an estimated 26,000 plastic bottles over the past six years by collecting them on his daily walks, crushing them, and passing them to his owner.
Largest sculpture of plastic bags – The largest sculpture made of plastic bags consisted of 36,700 plastic bags in the shape of a globe. The sculpture was constructed by volunteers in an attempt organized by the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works (USA) in Los Angeles, on December 31, 2009.
Most Trees Planted in an Hour by a Team – A team of 100 people planted 26,422 trees at Gransha Park, Derry, UK on December 5, 2009.
Largest collection of clothes to recycle – On August 12, 2009 at Union Station, Washington, D.C., National Geographic Kids magazine announced that it had collected 33,088 pairs of jeans for recycling through its denim drive event. All the denim collected will be donated to the organization COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN, which recycles jeans into UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation, a product that is used to help build houses in places that have been damaged by hurricanes and other natural disasters. It takes about 500 pairs of jeans to recycle enough denim to insulate one average-size house.
Most steel cans collected in one month – The most steel cans collected in one month is 2,656,284, weighing over 182,827 lbs and was achieved by Collect-a-Can in South Africa, between October 1-31 2010.
Greenest City – Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, UAE, designed by the British architect firm Foster and Partners, is the world’s first city designed to be zero-carbon and zero-waste. All of its power is generated from renewable resources, and all waste material is recycled. Automobiles are banned in favor of electric, driverless, underground vehicles, so the city’s projected 50,000 citizens should leave no carbon footprint.
Each small earth friendly change you make brings us one step closer to preserving our environment. So go ahead and start by doing something simple like recycling, changing to more eco friendly cleaning products, conserving your water, or simply planting a tree. Now is a great time to adjust your shade of green.