The average smartphone is comprised of 20% ceramics, 40% plastics, 40% metals including 0.034g of gold, 0,034g of silver, 0.15g of palladium, 25g of aluminium, 15g of copper and a 1000th of a gram of platinum. 30-40 recycled mobile phones = 1g of gold.
With soaring demand for mobile and smart phones mining of precious metals is a having a direct correlation on the habitat of the Congo and Zambian Gorilla.
It is estimated that in Germany alone there are 8,000 tons of precious metals lying in hoarded, unused, unrecycled phones. Natural global sources of gold are expected to run out entirely by 2030. In China an estimated 9 tons of gold, 15 tons of silver and 31,000 tons of copper will be out of circulation due to 0.35 trillion unrecycled phones.
To recycle your old phone and also help the gorillas (of which only 4,000 now remain), 700 Carphone Warehouse outlets have eco-phone recycling bins.
7,400 people slept rough on the streets of London between 2017-2018. A 169% increase since the year 2000.
Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver. The first British Christmas cards were introduced by Hallmark in 1915. Christmas trees are usually grown for 15 years before being sold. Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” in under 6 weeks. The Statue of Liberty was gifted to the USA by the French on Christmas day 1886. Jingle Bells was composed by James Pierpont and was originally intended for Thanksgiving. The Beatles hold top spot for No.1 Xmas chart releases, hitting number one in 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1967.
For a Christmas to be officially classified as white , a single snowflake must fall on the rooftop of Met Office HQ in London on 25th December.
Paris is home to 2 million people and 4 million rats.
There are approximately 36 million people in the world who are millionaires. Three times more than in the year 2000. The concentrated wealth of the very top tier of this group amounts to 50.1% of entire global wealth or $140 trillion. At the other end of the scale, the world’s poorest 3.5 billion adults have assets of less than £7,600 amounting to 70% of the world’s working population and just 2.7% of global wealth.
Over the average lifetime you will spend 33% of it sleeping, 20% eating and household duties, 10% travelling and waiting, 10% using TV/internet, and 7% bathroom activities, bringing to a grand total of 80% of your entire life. What you do in the remaining 20% is largely up to you.
Last week’s Black Friday generated revenue of £1.5 billion across UK.
We share 20% of our DNA with the dinosaur and 50% of our DNA with the banana.
Wild Boar, which became extinct in the UK in the 13th Century were subsequently reintroduced, repopulating Great Britain with a current wild boar population only 4,000.
Cadbury produce 1,200 Crunchie bars per minute ; 1 million Crunchie bars per day , with the Ivory Coast of Africa providing 33% of the entire global cocoa output. 28,000 Chocolate oranges would weigh around 5 tons. If one year’s supply of Toblerones were laid end to end they would go on for 38,525 miles – longer than the circumference of the Earth. The ‘blood’ used in the Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” was actually chocolate syrup and 1 in every 200 Belgians has a job making or promoting chocolate.