Green and Simple Tip – Guest Puggy says, "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle"

Green Ideas — By on January 14, 2009 11:18 am

Little Pugsley Ratter Salwitz is our guest green puggy today. Pugsley Ratter’s owner, Christina Salwitz is very green conscious. Recently her family Pugsley Ratter Salwitzlost all recycling and garbage pick up due to the snow storm deemed “Snowmageddon 2008” in Washington state. Not to be deterred; Pugsley Ratter encouraged the family to keep recycling during the three week garbage pick up hiatus by stockpiling recycling in the family’s dining room until the crisis was over. This lasted the entire holiday season. Recycling was stacked to the rafters by the time the crisis was over.

Remember that recycling reduces the demand on our natural resources. Pugsley knows that recycling also conserves energy and water and helps to reduce air and water pollution.

Production of recycled paper alone uses 80% less water, 65% less energy, and produces 95% less air pollution than virgin paper production. 36 million trees a year could be saved if every American recycled one newspaper a week. The exciting news? Every four-foot stack of paper you recycle saves a tree.

Saving energy is an important result of recycling as well. It uses 96% less energy to make cans compared to manufacturing new aluminum from virgin material [bauxite]. Many commonly recycled items have a high energy reduction rate when compared with the energy used to extract their virgin materials from the earth. Recycling plastic bottles uses 76% less energy, paper uses 45% less, and glass uses 21% less.

Little Pugsley Ratter, fondly nicknamed “Pig”, says everyone should reduce, reuse and recycle for a healthier planet!! If you would like to Twitter to Pugsley, do so through his owner, Christina Salwitz (

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  1. The energy saved by recycling 1 aluminum can (as you mentioned – 96% from creating a can from scratch) can also light up a light bulb for 4 hours! Every ton of paper recycled saves enough energy to heat a home for 6 months and saves 17 trees & 7000 gallons of water.

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