Going Green: By the Numbers

There are plenty of reasons to go green—landfill issues, greenhouse gases, concerns about air and water pollution, and damage to the ozone layer are just a few. Take a look at a few of the actual numbers and percentages below to get a feel for how even the smallest of changes can have a large impact on the environment.

  • 1.5 acres: the amount of rainforest lost every second to land development and deforestation, with tremendous losses to habitat and biodiversity.
  • 137: the number of plant, animal and insect species every single day due to rainforest deforestation. That comes to about 50,000 species a year!
  • 3 trillion: the number of gallons of water the U.S. would save each year if every household invested in water-saving appliances.
  • 86.6 million tons: the amount of material prevented from going to landfill or incineration thanks to recycling and composting in 2012.
  • 17 trees: Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 2 barrels of oil and 4100 kilowatt hours of energy – enough to power the average American home for six months.
  • 113,204: the number, on average, of aluminum cans recycled each minute of each day.
  • 95 percent: the amount of energy saved by using recycled aluminum scrap to make new aluminum cans.
  • 1 pound per hour: the amount of carbon dioxide that is saved from entering the atmosphere for every kilowatt-hour of renewable energy produced.
  • 35 percent: the amount of coal's energy that is actually converted to electricity in a coal-burning power plant. The other two-thirds is lost to heat.

Remember, change begins with you. The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” Robert Swan

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Sources: Consumer ReportsEnvironmental Health PerspectivesRaintree Nutrition,Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and EPA Water and EPA Recycling,Worldwatch InstituteEnergy Information AdministrationReady, Set, Green, Earth911.orgThe TelegraphYahoo! News, TreeHugger


By Kris Powers | April 7th 2015

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