Earth Day

We take a look at Earth Day by the numbers

Apr 23, 2010 | Compiled by Claudia Atticot
How much plastic bottles do you use a week?
How many plastic bottles do you
think you throw away each a year?

• An average American family consumes about 182 gallons of soda, 29 gallons of juice, 104 gallons of milk and 26 gallons of bottled water per year.

• Recycling one aluminum can save enough energy to run a television for about three hours.

• Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.

• Most glass bottles and jars contain at least 25% recycled glass.

• Letting a bathroom faucet run for five minutes uses as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb burn for 14 hours.

• Almost 50% of office paper is recovered through recycling.

• The average American uses 650 pounds of paper each year.

• Recycling 2,000 pounds of paper saves 17 trees.

• Almost 97% of the world's water is salty or otherwise undrinkable. Another 2% is locked in ice caps and glaciers. Only 1% is usable for agriculture, manufacturing and personal needs.

• The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a floating dump located in the Pacific Ocean between San Francisco and Hawaii. The trash found there is almost 80% plastic, and weighs 3.5 million tons.

• The U.S. produces a quarter of the world's waste, making it the number one garbage producer in the world.

• Americans throw away 25 billion Styrofoam cups every year.




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