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Top Facts about Recycling

11 Facts about Recycling

  1. The average American uses 650 pounds of paper each year – 100 million tons of wood could be saved each year if all that paper was recycled.
  2. Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.
  3. A typical family consumes 182 gallons of soda, 29 gallons of juice, 104 gallons of milk, and 26 gallons of bottled water a year. That's a lot of containers that can all be recycled! 
  4. About 80% of what Americans throw away is recyclable, yet our recycling rate is only 28%.
  5. Every month Americans throw out enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper (think: Empire State Building), but all of these jars are recyclable!
  6. Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures a year! Ever heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? It's twice the size of Texas and is floating somewhere between San Francisco and Hawaii. It's also 80 percent plastic, and weighs in at 3.5 million tons.
  7. Recycling one ton (about 2,000 pounds) of paper saves 17 trees, two barrels of oil (enough to run the average car for 1,260 miles), 4,100 kilowatts of energy (enough power for the average home for six months), 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of pollution.
  8. The 17 trees saved by recycling one ton of paper can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the air each year.
  9. If all of our newspapers were recycled, we could save about 250 million trees each year! If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we could save about 25 million trees each year.

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Top Facts about Pollution

11 Facts about Pollution

  1. 40% of America’s rivers and 46% of America’s lakes are too polluted for fishing, swimming, or aquatic life.
  2. The Mississippi River – which drains the lands of nearly 40% of the continental United Sates – carries an estimated 1.5 million metric tons of nitrogen pollution into the Gulf of Mexico each year. The resulting dead zone in the Gulf each summer is about the size of New Jersey.
  3. 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, storm water, and industrial waste are discharged into US waters annually.

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Top Facts about Organic Living

11 Facts About Organic Living

  1. A four-year, $25 million European Union funded study found that with regards to organic food compared to "regular" food:
    • There are 40% more antioxidants in organic food
    • Milk that is taken from organic herds contains 90% more antioxidants
    • There are higher levels of beneficial minerals like zinc (something almost everyone is deficient in) and iron in the organic produce.
  2. The Organic Consumers Association (OCA), an advocacy group, recently tested 100 personal care and cleaning products that are advertised as 'natural' or 'organic.' Of those one hundred, 47 of them contained dioxane, a petroleum-based compound that is a byproduct of the processing that is used to soften harsh detergents, which is ‘organic’, but can cause eye and respiratory damage.

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Top Facts about Global Warming

11 Facts About Global Warming

  1. The primary greenhouse gas responsible for global warming is carbon dioxide. The U.S. is responsible for 19.91% of the carbon dioxide emissions worldwide.
  2. Since 1990, yearly emissions of carbon dioxide have gone up by about 6 billion metric tons worldwide, which is more than a 20% increase. Almost all of that increase is due to human activities.
  3. Carbon dioxide takes 100 years to disperse in the atmosphere. Even if emissions are stopped today, we will still feel the effects for years to come. 
  4. During the 20th century alone, the average surface temperature of the world has increased by 1.2 to 1.4°F.
  5. 2000-2009 was the hottest decade on record, with eight of the hottest 10 years having occurred since 2000.
  6. The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment has concluded that in the past 50 years, the average temperatures of Alaska, eastern Russia and western Canada have increased as much as 7°F. This rise is almost twice the global average.
  7. Extreme weather doesn't just mean high temperatures. Global warming is causing more intense rainfall and droughts at the same time across the world.
  8. Sea levels have risen between 4-8 inches worldwide during the last century, and experts predict they could rise as much 2 feet in the next 100 years.
  9. The World Health Organization blames 150,000 deaths per year on the effects of global warming including extreme weather, drought, heat waves, decreased food production and the increased spread of diseases like malaria.

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Latest Earth Fact

370 – 300 million years ago great swamps, forests and ferns and early conifers start to store carbon – the origin of our coal. This is the Carboniferous period.

Latest Lifestyle Tip & Idea

Separate your waste into the recycling groups.

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