We’ve all seen the news and heard the stories about how our warming planet has dire consequences. Sometimes, it feels like our actions are too small to help.
But Ridwell members are taking steps to reduce their footprint and together we are making a difference!
Before joining Ridwell, over 80% of our members drove around town to reuse or recycle their stuff. More cars making extra trips means more carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere, warming our planet.
With Ridwell, your reusable and recyclable materials hitch a ride with your neighbors’ stuff. Using Ridwell decreases the annual miles driven to recycle these same items by 3x!
Everyday things like old t-shirts, towels, and other textiles emit methane when decomposing in landfills. Methane is known to be nearly 30x more potent than carbon dioxide in contributing to global warming.
On average, Americans send 21 billion pounds of textiles to landfills every year and 98% can be reused or recycled! It’s not surprising that the EPA reports landfills as being the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the country.
By keeping reusable and recyclable items, like holey socks and scrap clothes, out of the trash, Ridwell members are directly reducing the amount of warming gases released into our atmosphere.
According to the EPA, producing plastic from recycled material uses 33% less energy than starting from raw materials. That translates to less mining, drilling, and carbon emissions since virgin plastics are made from oil and natural gas.
Ridwell is about giving new life to old things. The plastic film we pick up is used to make composite lumber for decks, benches, and playground sets. It is also reprocessed into small pellets, called nurdles, to make new containers, crates, and even trash bins.
Bottom line: recycling reduces the evironmental cost of using plastics.
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