Sunday, 4 October 2009

Puff the magic

Sorry so sorry... I have been away in the waves. I have been awave. Or maybe awayve?

ANYhoosie, all this silly muttering brings me to today's topic. I quite like word games. Bananagrams is quite addictive and Wordscraper is slowly, pleasantly ruining my life. Sweet old Scrabble however is probably my perennial favourite.

Some people find Scrabble boring, in the same way that many people find the debate about plastic bottles a bit wearying. For those people, I'd advise you to click away. Because Hartfelt is a groovy outfit I want to talk about, and they make cushions out of 100% recycled plastic bottles, AND they make said cushions in the style of Scrabble tiles.

Annie Hart is the genius behind these cushions, and here are some fun and fearsome facts from her website...

4 plastic bottles = 1 cushion cover

6 plastic bottles = Filling for 1 cushion

10 plastic bottles = 1 pound of polyester fiber

1 ton (2000) lbs of plastic bottles recycled saves 3.8 barrels of oil.

1 million plastic bottles recycled saves 250 barrels of oil.

1 million plastic bottles recycled eliminates 180 metric tons of CO2 emissions from being released into the atmosphere.

10% of all US oil consumed (2 million barrels per day) is used to make plastics.

Recycling plastic bottles takes 8 times less energy than to produce an equivalent amount of new ones.

Supplying the plastic bottles that Americans consume each year requires 47 million barrels of oil and releases 1.0 billion pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere.

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