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Facts About the Environment

Did you know...

  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for two hours.

  • During the time it takes you to read this sentence, 50,000 12-ounce aluminum cans are made.

  • An aluminum can may be recycled ad infinitum (forever!).

  • We consume over 80 trillion aluminum cans every year.

  • The world's tallest tree is a coast redwood in California, measuring more than 360 feet or 110 meters.

  • The world's oldest trees are 4,600 year old Bristlecone pines in the USA.

  • Every day, American businesses generate enough paper to circle the earth 20 times!

  • Each year, Americans throw away 25 trillion Styrofoam cups.

  • Only 1% of the world's water supply is usable, 97% are the oceans and 2% is frozen (for now).

  • On average, ONE supermarket goes through 60,500,000 paper bags per year!

  • An automatic dishwasher uses less hot water than doing dishes by hand, an average of six gallons less per cycle, or over 2,000 gallons per year.

  • The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years.

  • Every time you open the refrigerator door, up to 30 percent of the cold air can escape.

  • Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour, most of which are thrown away!

  • Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year.

  • A modern glass bottle takes 4000 years or more to decompose.

  • About one-third of an average landfill is made up of packaging material.

  • The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world's people generate 40% of the world's waste. We toss out two billion plastic razors, a million and a half tons of paper towels, and 12 billion disposable diapers annually.

  • More than 20,000,000 Hershey's Kisses are wrapped each day, using 133 square miles of tinfoil. All that foil is recyclable!

  • Rainforests are being cut down at the rate of 100 acres per minute.

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