Tag: consumption

Shocking CO2 Emissions Infographic

Shocking CO2 Emissions Infographic

China’s population is significantly larger than that of the United States.  Now, you might think, based on this, that it would emit substantially more carbon dioxide than the U.S., but does it?  Well, even though China has 1,338,410,002 inhabitants compared to our 309,636,137 inhabitants, it only emits about 400,00 more tonnes of CO2 than the U.S., as the below infographic supplied by Fly.co.uk demonstrates.  Americans are quite the consumption hogs, aren’t they.

The infographic below puts many carbon dioxide emission horrors on full display.  Did you know, for instance, that Westminister & the Bank of England consume enough energy to pump out 21,356 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.  That’s the same amount of carbon dioxide that would be emitted if a car could drive to the moon and back 188 times (90 million miles).  Now, here’s a stat you probably won’t believe.  If everyone in the United States became a vegetarian for seven days, we would save about 700 megatons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is the equivalent to taking all the cars off the road in the U.S.  So, put down that hamburger! We’ve got 700 megatons of greenhouse gas to eliminate.


Tea Facts Infographic

Tea Facts Infographic


Facts about tea presented in a truly attractive infographic.

Tea Production

China produces 1275384 tons of tea per year.  India produces 805180 tons annually.  Kenya?  345800 tons.  Sri Lanka produces 318470 tons per year, and Turkey and Vietnam produce 198046 and 174900, respectively.

Tibetan Tea

In Tibet, they mix salt and butter into their tea.

UK Tea

165 million cups of tea are consumed each day in the UK.  On a given day, 40% of the UK’s fluid intake will be tea.

Ideal Brewing Temperatures

Did you know different types of tea have different idea brewing temperatures?  White tea brews best between 65 and 70 degrees Celsius.  Grean Tea?  Between 75 and 80 degrees Celsius.  Oolong brews best between 80 and 85 degress Celsius, and Black tea needs a good 99 degrees Celsius to brew the best.


Lahpet, which is pickled tea, is eaten in Myanmar.

Tea Consumption

Turkey is #1 at 2.1 kg per year.  Ireland is next at 2.0 kg.  The UK ties Irelend with 2.0 kg.  Iran weighs in at 1.4 kg per year, and Morocco consumes a respectable 1.2 kg per year.

Caffeine Content

Black tea has the most at 64 to 112 mg.  Oolong contains 29 to 53 mg.  Green tea contains 24 to 39 mg, and white tea contains 32 to 37 mg.


Design:  A+

I think it is beautiful.

Information:  A

Good information about tea and tea consumption.

Source:  Tea Facts Infographic by from MV Mediagroup.

17 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Morning Coffee Infographic

17 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Morning Coffee Infographic


Seeing as this is an infographic that lists 17 pieces of information about espresso coffee, we’ll just list the facts, and move on to the review:

1. While 1.6 billion cans of “the leading cola” are consumed every day in the world,  1.7 billion cups of coffee are consumed.  Coffee wins!

2. The United States is responsible for 35% of the global coffee consumption.   That means 300 million people drink about 400 million cups of coffee each day in the U.S.

3. The first coffee advertisement in a U.S. newspaper appeared in 1790.

4. The espresso machine was invented in 1901 in Italy.  A man named Luigi Bezzera invented it based on a French design from 1822.  He wanted to create a machine that made coffee faster so his employees wouldn’t take as much time on their coffee breaks.

5. In 1732, J.S. Bach composed a cantata about coffee addiction.

6. In Leipzig, where Bach lived, coffee houses were very popular.

7. Today, Italy has over 200,000 espresso bars.

8. Breakfast time is the heaviest coffee drinking time – 65% of coffee drinks are consumed at breakfast time using in kitchen coffee makers.

9. The average espresso drive-thru dispenses between 200 and 300 cups of coffee per day.

10. $12.2 billion dollars in sales were brought in by The Specialty Coffee Association of America.  11. 75% of those sales came from cafes and coffee shops.

12. Coffee is second to oil in the world’s highest traded commodities.

13. Back in Bach’s day in the 1700’s, coffee addiction was considered a social problem.

14. Men are from Mars, etc.  Men say coffee helps them get their work done.  15. Women say coffee helps them relax.

16. In 2011, the average price of an espresso-based drink is $2.45.

17. It would take 81.63 days to break even if you bought an espresso machine for $200 and had a single cup of coffee every day.

Design:  B

Not stunning, but attractive enough

Information:  B

Good information about coffee

Infographic Source:  automatic espresso machine at Espresso Machine Advisor.

Competitive Eating Infographic

Competitive Eating Infographic


OK. This may be my favorite infographic in at least the last 6 months. I may have picked bolder colors, but the information is amazing and presented in such a clever way. It talks about the practical consequences for competitive eating. What’s more fun than that? A barrel of monkeys eating a barrel of pickles, maybe. But I digress.

Joey Chestnut

In 10 minutes, Joey Chestnut ate 68 hot dogs.  That was the equivalent of 20,196 calories, which is 7 days worth of calories if you’re talking about the human body.  It’s also energy equivalent to lighting a lightbulb for 60 days straight.  It would take him 26,00 pushups to work those hot dogs off.  Joey’s segment of the infographic is capped off by a quote that tells us that in order to be a successful speed eater, you have to expand your stomach to “form an enormous flaccid sac capable of accommodating huge amounts of food.”  Yeah, we all want to do that.

Oleg Zhornitskiy

This guy ate 9 jars of mayo in 8 minutes.  That’s 2,791 grams of fat, which is more than 42 times the recommended daily allowance of fat (65 grams).  Plus, even though they don’t say it, mayo has a lot of saturated fat.  Energy-wise, Dude took in enough energy to power a Prius for 45 minutes.  Fun factoid – surprisingly, people who speed eat professionally “eventually may develop morbid obesity, profound gastroparesis, intractable nausea, and vomiting…”  No kidding.  They don’t tell us how many pushups it would take to burn off all that mayo.

Sonya Thomas

Sonya likes boiled eggs.  So much that she was able to eat 65 of them in just under 7 minutes.  If you take the average human consumption of age and multiply it by 15 weeks, that’s how many eggs she consumed.  They don’t tell us how many pushups she’d have to do, nor do they tell us what kind of machinery could be powered by that type of energy.

They end the infographic with a warning that you shouldn’t just jump into competitive eating.  You should train for it.

Design:  C

It’s hard to read white print on a light pink background.  I did really enjoy the illustrations and the style of the illustrations.  But that white lettering on the pink background – really kills the eyes.

Information:  B-

It would be an “A” if they’d told me how many pushups Oleg and Sonya would have to do, and what sort of appliance or mechanical device the energy consumed by Sonya in the form of hard boiled eggs would have powered (pencil sharpener?  passenger train?) And I need that kind of information. I’m emotionally invested.

Source:  Competitive Eating by http://www.foodservicewarehouse.com/

The Hidden Cost of Running an Office

The Hidden Cost of Running an Office

towergate infographic

This is an infographic about the costs of running an office in the UK.  Visually, it’s very attractive.  For some reason, I really enjoy the use of the color blue in an infographic.  Someone told me once that blue was the most pleasing color for websites and for paint colors.  I don’t know if there is any correlation between the two, except that you can spend a long time on website, and a long time in a room.  But I digress…

Desk Space

This section addresses the average cost of desk space – having someone occupy a workstation each year.  The highest is in London’s West End, followed by the city of London, then Birmingham, Manchester, and finally Cardiff.  The variance between the highest cost per workspace and the lowest is about ten thousand pounds.

Power and Surfing the Internet

The average office worker uses 6,886.7 kwH each year, costing almost seven hundred pounds, annually.  Additionally, they estimate that 4.4% of work hours are dedicated to surfing the web for non-work-related reasons, like social networking sites, and that it results in an annual loss of over nine hundred pounds per employee.  I bet the numbers in the US are MUCH higher.  *checks Twitter feed*

Office Supplies

This section is labeled “office supplies” but they only talk about the essential essential – toilet paper.  They estimate that every employee uses the equivalent of almost seventeen pounds (money, not weight) of toilet paper each year.  I don’t know what toilet paper costs in the UK, but here in the US you’re looking at about eight dollars for a 12-pack of “double rolls” which is supposed to be the equivalent of two rolls but isn’t really because it’s extra fluffy, so that’s about seventy cents per roll, and if you convert the 16.98 British Pounds to dollars, it’s $27.70, which means that if the consumption of toilet paper is similar from country to country, people use about 41.5 rolls of toilet paper per year.  I think I might have digressed again, and this time with bad math.  Either way, that’s a lot of TP.


Back to power, which earlier was broken down by employee cost, now it’s broken down by cost per employee, per year, by region.  Did you know that leaving a monitor powered on overnight uses the same amount of power it would take to print 800 pages?

Tea Breaks

Four hundred pounds = 24 minutes per employee per day.  Wowsa.

Sick Days

Sick days only cost two hundred pounds per year per employee more than tea breaks.

Smoking Breaks

Broken down by region, smoking breaks cost a lot more than tea breaks, sick days, and toilet paper.


Four hundred sixty two pounds per year are claimed for business expenses – mostly for travel and accommodation.


A necessary evil, the median income of employees by region, per week is outlined in this section.

Design:  a solid A –

It’s blue (I like that) and it is attractively laid out and easy to understand.

Information:  A

The information is good and valuable to a UK business owner.

Source:  Small business insurance and office insurance from Towergate

U.S. Hunger and Obesity Infographic

U.S. Hunger and Obesity Infographic

world hunger graphic

How are hunger, poverty, obesity, food insecurity and food stamps connected? That’s the question this complex infographic attempts to answer, and its creator leveraged data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the CDC, and the USDA to reach her conclusions.  Anne Mai Bertelsen, the creator of this graphic, is the leader of MAi Strategies and Principal at Causeshift.  She created this chart to send a strong message that America needs a Hunger Data Consortium.

Why?  Consider, argues Bertelsen, that our best data on U.S. hunger is over two years old.  And when you acknowledge that over 49 million Americans suffer from hunger (or  “food insecurity”), and over 17 million of those are children, you can understand why a consortium is needed.  Despite decades of government programs and outreach from private citizens, hunger has actually increased over the past 20 years, which is why President Obama called on every American to help in his quest to eradicate childhood hunger in America by the year 2015.

But that’s unlikely to happen at the current pace.  That’s because the data presently available is scattered, fragmented, and only available to professional researchers and policy makers, not the average Joe on the street.  How can we collectively solve the national hunger problem if the average U.S. citizen can’t even look at the (antiquated) data?

The above infographic doesn’t answer questions, and it’s not supposed to.  It simply can’t–not with data behind hunger missing and incomplete.  The graphic indicates that states with heightened levels of food insecurity also tend to have high rates of obesity.  It shows that 14 states have higher than the national average rate of both food insecurity and obesity.  Looking for a link between the two?  You won’t find it.  Not until a hunger consortium is brought about so that all interested parties can have access to data.   When they do, they’ll be able to perform a proper analysis, and as a nation, we’ll be closer to solving the national hunger and obesity crises.

Infographics Scorecard

Design: B

Oval shaped designs draw you in, and the artist did an adequate job of that.  The graphic catches your attention and fills you with an urge to make sense of it all.

Content: B-

I regretfully have to assign a B- to the content portion of my grading for one simple reason: this graphic makes your brain hurt (and perhaps it’s supposed to.)  At first glance, you can’t make heads or tails of it, and no infographic should be byzantine.  The point of an infographic is to make things simpler.  In the artist’s fairness, this is a complicated issue with no clear-cut answers to the questions presented by the graphic.  So maybe it isn’t simple for a reason:  there’s no simple solution to the obesity and hunger crises.

Infograhic provided by: Anne Mai Bertelsen and Causeshift.com