With so many people talking about going green, you may wonder exactly what does it mean? If you are trying to decide if you want to become more environmentally friendly then you may want to take a look at the many facts about energy consumption and pollution. If you care about the earth and the preservation of future generations then the choice is clear. We must all do our part to change our lifestyles and make informed decision that will help make this earth a better place to live both now and in the future.
Let’s take a look at some fun facts about American consumers that may help you to make up your mind. Did you know that each month Americans throw out enough aluminum into the garbage to build an entire air fleet? When you add it up you can see how problematic this is over time. Another commonly consumed product here in America is soda and other beverages which come in both steel and tin cans. More than 100,000,000 cans are used in the United States alone each and every day. Just these two products alone can quickly clog up landfills in no time.
Another staggering statistic is the amount of steel and iron which Americans throw away each day. If all of the Steel and iron thrown in the trash were provided to auto manufactures, they would be able to fulfill demand continuously. The amount of waste produced in America is staggering when you consider that each can you throw out is as harmful to the environment as if you would have filled the can with gasoline before throwing it away. Now when you consider that Americans throw out enough cans to run from L.A to New York and back again every day, you can see why it is urgent for us to change this trend.
Junk mail is another wasteful culprit that often clogs up landfills around the country. Most Americans spend an average of 8 months of their life opening this junk mail. And if that were not enough, most of this ends up in the garbage. If instead these papers were recycled it would make a huge difference. Food is another common thing to wind up in landfills here in the US with an approximate figure of 20 million grocery bags full of food each year. By making the environmentally friendly choice to cancel junk mail and compost food you can do your part to reduce these staggering statistics.
Plastic bags are a common choice for Americans with billions used around the country annually. The problem with this is that most of these plastic shopping bags are not recycled. In fact, approximately 1% of these shopping bags are recycled. This means that most of these plastic shopping bags end up in landfills or in trees, beaches, oceans and storm drains because they may easily blow away. These are not biodegradable and take from 20 to 100 years to decompose. If you want to do your part to reduce this problem, choose reusable shopping bags that are made of recycled materials.
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