The chart displays changes in Total Organic Carbon (TOC) emission intensity of chemical industry between 2004 and 2009. TOC emission intensity is expressed as kg of TOC discharged in water per unit of production of chemical industry(expressed as one million Euro gross value added).
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When the urge to give flowers takes you, choose a potted plant from a local supplier. A lot of exotic flowers are grown in greenhouses great distances away. Aside from the issue of transport, there can be high social and environmental costs. For example, in Colombia, the flower industry uses enormous quantities of polluting pesticides, and in Kenya, horticulture requires a lot of water which reduces local water resources. As an alternative ask your flower shop for Fairtrade or organically produced flowers.
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