Saturday, April 9, 2011

Did You Know That...

- If just 25% of U.S. families used 10 fewer plastic bags a month, we would save over 2.5 BILLION bags a year.

- On the average, the 140 million cars in America are estimated to travel almost 4 billion miles in a day, and according to the Department of Transportation, they use over 200 million gallons of gasoline doing it.

- Every year we throw away 24 million tons of leaves and grass. Leaves alone account for 75% of our solid waste in the fall.

- Over 100 pesticide ingredients are suspected to cause birth defects, cancer, and gene mutations.

- Every ton of recycled office paper saves 380 gallons of oil.

- About 1% of U.S. landfill space is full of disposable diapers, which take 500 years to decompose.

- Energy saved from one recycled aluminum can will operate a TV set for 3 hours, and is the equivalent to half a can of gasoline.

- Glass produced from recycled glass instead of raw materials reduces related air pollution by 20%, and water pollution by 50%.

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