Reducing 4 More!
Just a little change can make a world of difference

Jan
23

You use it at home… you use it in school… you use it in the bathroom… you use it at work…YOU USE IT EVERYWHERE! What is it?

It’s paper! Papers are pretty much part of our daily lives. We use them for everything– books, napkins, boxes, looseleaf paper, etc.! But are we using them the right way? Paper is recyclable, just like bottles and cans. The paper that we have used can be processed into new paper, which we can use again!
By recycling one ton of paper, we can save 17 trees!
Many schools have adopted a paper recycling program, such as our high school and Denton Ave. Elementary school. It is a really useful and effective idea!

Today, our group has gone to Denton Ave. Elementary to further promote our project. It was a great success! Pictures and explanations will be uploaded at a later date. Please stay tuned! Meanwhile, visit our game on the right sidebar!

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Jan
22

Here is the video of the day! (:
It’s exaggerated, so it is humorous!
But don’t take it too lightly- this is what global warming can really result into!

Jan
21

“Recycle. Re-use. Reduce. Which would be the best option for the plastic bottles we use each day?”

The answer is recycle and DON’T re-use!
Plastic, also known as PET, produces a substance known as DEHA, which could produce cancer growth!
They are safe to use f0r one time use to one week use.
When you wash your water bottles to use again, it would accelerate the breakdown of the plastic, which would release chemicals into your drink.

So what we recommend you to do is to buy a re-usable plastic bottle to use!
Lastly, the best option of all is to completely reduce your usage of plastic bottles!

It seems like you all enjoy the videos that we specially picked!
Here is a short, funny video about recycling.
Also, the music is very nice (:

” When you don’t recycle, college students get hurt. Save a college kid. Recycle today.”

Jan
20

Recycle. You hear that word all the time, you see it everywhere! People always tell you to recycle your plastic bottles. So, doesn’t everyone get the point by now and recycle?!

The truth is, no!
+In the United States, only 20% of plastic bottles are recycled, while the other 80% is not recycled.
+Worldwide, only 10% are recycled!
+About 100 bottles/second are recycled.
+About 845 bottles/second are not recycled.
+About 400 million bottles are not recycled EACH day!
+It takes 1kg of CO2 to produce 2 plastic bottles.

Remember, what you recycle really counts!

Watch this short 1 minute clip to really see how much is recycled and how much isn’t.
It’s really informative!

Jan
19

How much difference can we actually make by reducing the usage of plastic bags…. I’m just one person. What can I do?

To help you understand about the difference you can make, numbers can always help.

500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are produced world wide annually
500 billion plastic bags are actually consumed per year annually
+That’s 1 million per minute
– The U.S. uses over 100 billion plastic bags annually
– The average Ameircan uses between 300 and 700 plastic bags per year.
– In New York City alone, if everyone uses one less plastic bag per year, it would reduce waste by five million pounds and save $250,000 in disposal costs!
– It takes 1000 years for a plastic bag to fully break down.

Were these numbers large enough?

Watch this short, interesting video of the sad lives of plastic bags-
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Not created by us)

Remember to visit our game by clicking HERE.

Jan
18

So we learn about global warming… we see facts… we observe diagrams… we contemplate about the environment… but that’s not especially fun. I wanna do something fun!

Of course everyone wants something fun, not just a bunch of facts hurled at them. This is why we created Reducing 4 more- THE GAME! It is a fun and addicting game, yet it is very educational too. The goal of the game is to collect the “4 P’s“, and in the end it will tell you how much CO2 you saved!

Visit the game by clicking HERE:
Or, typing this link: http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/reducing4more/82926

NOTE: There is a slight glitch to the game- if you want to continue and play more rounds, please click on the screen to clear the blue marks!

We hope you really do enjoy a game, as one of our team members worked on it for about 10 hours during the past week!
Please leave your feedbacks! 🙂

Jan
17

Cars… Power Ranger Action Figures… Houses… Plastic Bags… A Pen… Barbie Dolls… What do these things all have in common?!

There answer to this question is the material that they are made of- plastic aka petroleum.
What is petroleum?, you might ask. Is it that petroleum jelly you apply on your skin every now and then? Are you saying all those things are made out of…. ointment?

No, of course not. But petroleum is literally the oil that comes from rock. It is formed in all organic matters (think decaying animals) that is buried deep, deep inside the Earth. Over very long periods of time, it is all turned into crude oil (petroleum). The petroleum is lighter than water so it will float up until it hits the impermeable layer! To get the petroleum, oil wells are drilled to as much as six miles deep to get this oil. It is very valuable, so that is why oil wells are dug so deep just to get the oil.

You might be thinking, how is petroleum aka crude oil, the substance we use to fuel our car, used for plastic?! Well, the 16% of all crude oil produced not used for energy production (cars), is used for plastic and other chemical product. Petroleum is the raw material of plastic. The petroleum is actually mixed with some additives to form plastic. To read the process, you can click here

So it is true. Plastic is made from petroleum aka crude oil. It is the same oil that we use to fuel our car, except for plastic, the petroleum is processed even more for the plastic we use. As you know, the price of oil is rocketing, the plastic we use is actually increasing too.

So take a second before you use another plastic bag next time!

Jan
16

So, you go to the supermarket, you go and checkout the food that you bought.
You see the person packing your bag of chips into one bag… and then your box of cookies in a second one.
But wait, your super-duper deluxe size ice cream goes into a third.
WAIT! We’re not finished! They take a fourth…fifth… sixth… seventh…. !!

Well, why is taking home so many plastic bags so bad?
The answer is that plastic is basically made from oil. It is a petroleum product!
As you might already know, the burning of oil releases CO2, which is a greenhouse gas
which leads to the dangerous subject of global warming! :O
It is calculated that the production of 5 plastic bags creates 1 kg of CO2, or 2.2lb!
San Francisco has developed a plan to ban plastic bags, they have calculated that by cutting 100 million plastic bags a year the city will save 1.5 million litres of oil, and eliminate 4.2 million kilograms of carbon dioxide!

And do you know how many plastic bags are produced in the world every year?
4 to 5 trillion.

[to be continued…]

R4M!