Monday, April 26, 2010

Cleveland Ranked Among Least Wasteful Cities in America (And No. 1 For Hanging Clothes Out to Dry)

Posted By on Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Were number one! Were number one!
  • We're number one! We're number one!

If you weren't already totally over being ranked by Forbes as America's most miserable city, you should be now, because Cleveland's just been ranked as one of the country's least wasteful cities.

More important, in the same survey, Cleveland was ranked first for hanging clothes out to dry. Turns out there's a lot of time to do laundry the old fashioned way when you don't have to go to work.

Either way, the message to Forbes is clear now: you can eat our shorts, our spring-fresh-with-a-slight-hint-of-smog shorts.

The rankings were compiled by Nalgene, a plastic company that's had a little issue recently with BPA, a toxin Nalgene had used in manufacturing plastic bottles until recently. Cleveland placed 24th on the list of the 25 least wasteful towns in our great polluting nation. Nalgene surveyed residents on how often they recycle, their attitudes towards the environment, and how often they reuse items. Not surprisingly, the science backs up what we already know: we're a bunch of broke peasants who can't buy new shit.

Breakdown by category after the jump.

Cleveland's high rankings:

* 1st Hanging their clothes out to dry when possible
* 4th Borrowing books from the library (or buying used) rather than buying them new

Low rankings:

* 23rd Using rain barrels
* 23rd Using reusable grocery bags
* 24th Recycling glass/metal/plastics on a regular basis
* 24th Using energy efficient light bulbs
* 25th Using reusable bottles in place of single-serve bottles of water/soda/other beverages
* 25th Reusing wrapping paper and ribbons
* 25th Never driving their car for trips that are less than one mile from home

Overall Points of Interest

* 33 percent are extremely concerned about the environment
* 47 percent are fairly concerned

Drinking Water

* 41 percent are extremely concerned about the quality of their drinking water
* 35 percent are fairly concerned

Items Cleveland saves/reuses the most:

* 92 percent leftovers
* 84 percent boxes
* 80 percent rubberbands

Efforts/Decisions to more environmentally friendly

* 61 percent recycle
* 68 percent use energy efficient bulbs
* 72 percent shop locally

It's nice to be on the list, but there's a lot of room for improvement here. Those 20% of you not reusing rubberbands really need to get with the program.

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