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Day Five - April 5th, 2011

Well, it's officially after midnight and Day 5. I'm burning the midnight oil so to speak... what's the carbon footprint on that? Actually, I'm sitting with my laptop on my knee and wondering how I made it through yet another day with near zero waste. Today I had a scrap of duct tape. I used it to secure my camera to the tripod for a weird angled shot. It wasn't until I was taking off the tape that I realized what I had done.
Dang! If I had considered the consequences, I may have found an alternative to the sticky black wonder strip which is used for a multitude of fixes. Duct tape jokes abound and The Red Green Show is stuck on the handy staple. Red says "You only need 1 of 2 tools for most jobs. WD40 if it doesn't move and it should, and Duct Tape if it moves and it shouldn't."
Because it has a cloth backing and strong adhesive glue it is NOT biodegradable. A company in the US, Tape Brothers, has started making Eco Tape that's able to break down in landfills in about 15 years. That's good to hear since there is enough duct tape sold each year to wrap around the equator 12.3 times.
I recovered a seat in my old Fiat Sport with silver duct tape and it worked beautifully. I guess if you're using the tape to renew or reinforce something that's damaged or broken then it serves a purpose. From now on I'll think twice before I reach for the roll.

Chat me your duct tape stories during my Live @ 5 web cast today.

Just preparing for my Live @ 5 and seems like some viewers want more info about water wastage in and around the home. I'll share some insights and ask some serious questions...

What are you flushing down your toilet?
What are you dumping in the storm drains?


Water...we all depend on it for survival.
But water is a scarce resource—only one percent of all water on earth is freshwater!
How can we keep this water pure and fresh?

The Story of Water

What is a watershed and what is the biggest source of water pollution?...
NONPOINT SOURCE! Find out what it is! - Video

  • The Congressional Research Service reported in 2007 that up to 50 percent of water pollution problems
    in the United State are attributed to stormwater runoff.
  • Landscaping and Building techniques for minimizing urban pollution from surface runoff
    Jordan Cove University of Connecticut
  • Heavy Metals found in Road Surface runoff

Tire Wear:
Estimates show that highway runoff contributes to more than 10% of the total
receiving water pollutant budget (Ellis and Mitchell, 2006). During the 40 000 km
lifespan of the average tire, some thirty percent of its tread rubber is being worn off
(Dannis, 1974). Based on the annual global consumption of about one billion tires, it
can be estimated that more than 2 million tonnes of tread rubber are discharged into the
global environment each year. Tire rubber contains a wide range of compounds,
including several of environmental concern. Previous studies have shown that tire
rubber leaches compounds that are toxic to aquatic organisms (e.g. Evans, 1997).
Currently, very limited information is available regarding the effects that tire wear
particles might have on the environment and on human health.

From the Doctoral Thesis:
When the Rubber Meets the Road
Ecotoxicological Hazard and Risk
Assessment of Tire Wear Particles
Anna Wik
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences,
Faculty of Science, University of Gothenburg
Göteborg, Sweden, 2008


For Kids:

For Teachers:

General Water pollution links:

TIPS - 100 Ways to conserve water


Animation for the Water Cycle

Environmental Kids Club from the EPA

Animations and Games

WATER FOOTPRINT - Facebook Water Footprint Calculation App from Siemens:


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