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This infographic from mymove.com is eye-opening to the waste that simple moving boxes can contribute to the environment. This graphic takes the reader down the path of how boxes are made and through a journey of how many resources are used just in people moving – estimated during the period of a year. Finally, it offers some recycling tips for handling moving boxes in order to help save the environment.
The infographic provides some thought provoking information that perhaps a lot of the estimated 42 million movers in the year might not think about. Looking at the amount of trees consumed in one year of moving as well as the cubic yards of landfill are amazing enough but the graphic adds other factors as well. The graphic also makes the point that by the simple act of recycling the boxes, many resources can be saved. The sidebar of how boxes are made adds a little education as well.
There is a simple flow to the graphic that takes the reader from the issue to the solution. And, the point is well made through the page that for every person that contributes to the effort, the environment is impacted in a positive way.
The infographic doesn’t offer fancy images or even a lot of graphics. The main point of this graphic appears to be the message told in a simple, easy to understand format. And the graphic does appear to do just that with the general flow moving from problem to solution.
The idea that people will move on average of 11 times in their lifetime and that there may be 42 million moves in one year’s time, are huge numbers. Add that to the amount of resources used for this endeavor such as trees for boxes as well as the result of an estimate of 5,040,000 cubic yards of landfill in one year … it’s an incredible figure. And what is good about this graphic, too, is that it puts everyone in the spotlight. Since every person will likely move during their lifetime, it puts into everyone’s mind just how they can contribute to the solution simply by recycling.