Awesome Facts About Recycling

Recycling is one of the most effective ways that you’re average person can help the environment. Let’s face it, as humans we’re wasteful and harmful to our respective environments. While this isn’t likely to change anytime soon, being more conscious about our role in harming the environment will aid in halting its demise. With this being said, here are a few fun facts about recycling.

  1. Plastic bottles can take 500 years to decompose.
  2. There are roughly 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of the ocean at any given time.
  3. Companies design less durable products with the goal of encouraging consumers to buy newer products.
  4. Styrofoam can take over 5,000 years to biodegrade.
  5. Glass takes over 1 million years to biodegrade.
  6. 90% of people would recycle if doing so was more convenient.
  7. Over 11 billion in recyclables are thrown away in the US every year.
  8. Recycling creates additional jobs, as recycling facilities require additional workers to help process recyclables
  9. There is an area the size of Texas in the pacific ocean containing over 3.5 million tons of garbage.
  10. Over 1 trillion garbage bags are used all over the world each year.

The average American will produce roughly 90,000 pounds of garbage over the course of their lifetime.  .

Money Management For Financial Freedom

Financial freedom is all about money management. Sure, you’ll never be rich if you aren’t making enough money, but you’ll never be rich if you can’t do a good job of managing your money either.

Money management is a skill that’s best to learn now, and by now I literally mean right now. Trying to learn it when you’re successful is too late. If you’re bad with money now, it’s time to fix that.

Many people use their inability to manage money as an excuse for why they aren’t able to do certain things, but is that really acceptable? If you’d like to be wealthy one day, consider applying that same logic to your potential ability to be wealthy. Is the fact that you’re not used to having money an acceptable reason to be poor? Of course not. If you can learn to manage a little bit of money, you’ll be able to manage a lot more money when the time comes.

With all this being said, most adults don’t receive a formal financial education. Schools typically don’t teach this, and colleges are expensive. It doesn’t help that a formal financial education requires a substantial financial decision that you’re probably aren’t educated enough to make properly. So what’s the key to financial knowledge? Practice and persistence.

You need to take initiative and learn the things that will help you achieve financial freedom. Read the terms and conditions of your bank accounts and loans, watch videos and read financial books, and if you’re able, take that finance elective while you’re in college. Financial freedom is something that you ultimately owe to yourself, so never let lack of knowledge prevent you from achieving it.

Start Running And Stick With It

Running. Most people will tell you it’s the easiest sport; all you need is a pair of sneakers. While that’s true, there’s also a layer of mystery surrounding the sport that keeps many from taking the leap. Here’s how to get started so you can truly become a runner for life.

Start slowly

Most newbies tie their laces and take off expecting to sprint the miles away. Reality quickly catches up to them. Go slow. If you can’t talk, you’re going too fast.

Plan to run/walk

Add walking into your run. Many new runners feel discouraged if they need to walk during their runs. But this is how most runners get started. Pick an object in the distance and plan to walk when you get there. Once you’re walking, pick another object where you’ll start to run again. The next time, try to run a little farther and walk a little less. Before you know it, you’ll be able to string those running segments together for several miles.

Make a schedule

It’s a good idea to follow a beginner’s running plan to keep you motivated and on track. Without such a schedule, a new runner risks increasing their training load too rapidly, which will result in injury.

Find a buddy

Finding friends to run with is  key to making running a lifelong hobby.Just remember that everyone started somewhere, and most runners are more than happy to help a new runner. Check out local running stores or fitness centers to see if there are any running groups or solo runners interested in pairing up.

Get some good shoes

If your feet hurt, you’re not going to want to run. Make sure you have sneakers with at least a little cushion to get you started. Once you start running more regularly, head to a running store and get fitted for a pair match your needs and style.

Go!

A perfect motto for runners of all experience levels: “Don’t Think: Just Go.”

The Keys To Making More Money

Money isn’t the only metric for success, but it is one of the more important ones. If you want to live a good life, improve your current life, and/or be successful, you’ll very likely need more money to do that.

Making money however, isn’t easy and if you’re already facing poverty, you probably know that first hand. There is no right answer on how to make more money, but there are plenty of wrong ones. Here are a few tips you should consider moving forward.

Find meaning in your work

Do you work in a basic, entry level job that you hate? You aren’t alone. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with doing a job that you don’t like to find your feet and pay your bills, but you need to have an exit plan. If you’re in the wrong job, you need to spend every spare moment trying to get into the right job.

Evaluate yourself first

Yes, you probably don’t have tons of money, so what? You’re valuable, and if you don’t believe that, you can’t take the next step. Your self worth and your net worth are more related than you’d think.

Value your time

This isn’t something that you can just say, your actions directly dictate how much you value your own time. Are you screwing around on the internet all day? Do you find yourself refreshing your twitter feed everyday instead of working towards your goals? Having fun online and socializing isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but remember, these are things you do in your free time. If you have free time to waste, you have free time to spend learning new things and working too.

Serve

Want to be successful? Add value. This comes from serving and contributing your talents and time. Do this at work, at home, in your community, etc. Those who add value become more valuable.

Facts About Dolphins

The ocean is a pretty dangerous space, so the human tendency to destroy ecosystems doesn’t exactly bode well for dolphins. In fact, these animals are becoming increasingly endangered due to human interactions ranging from noise pollution, to oil drilling and boat collisions. It’s important to understand more and more about these animals if we want to protect them effectively, so here are some things you should know.

  1. Most dolphins live around 20 years, although it’s not uncommon for some to live into their 40s and 50s.
  2. There are over 30 known dolphin species, including the killer whale.
  3. Dolphins are considered to be mammals. While they don’t have any hair, they breathe air, have live young and are warm blooded.
  4. Dolphins can live in all types of water, from tropical saltwater to freshwater.
  5. Dolphins live in groups, so it’s not uncommon to see several of them swimming together at a time. They are also very playful, so they tend to interact with humans and ships that they see above the surface.
  6. Dolphins also hunt in groups. Several dolphins might work together to catch prey. As a whole, Dolphins are omnivores
  7. There are a variety of diseases and parasites that can shorten the life of a dolphin, including heart diseases, as well as viral, bacterial and fungal infections.
  8. Because Dolphins breathe air, they have to come above water occasionally. They breathe through a blowhole at the top of their heads instead of their mouths, allowing them to hunt prey without getting water into their lungs.
  9. Dolphins use echolocation in order to navigate through water. They emit high frequency clicks and listen for the echoes that bounce off objects in their paths, allowing them to determine distance and trajectory.