As you go about your daily routines each day, it might be good to stop and consider some important eco-numbers.
365 – Number of days we all have to make a difference each year, and yet…
137 – The amount of plants, animals and insects species we lose each day to rainforest deforestation.
147,000,000 – The gallons of gas per year that vaporize into the earth’s atmosphere due to shoddy or lost gas caps.
7 – How many trees the average American uses up in one year. Also, the number of greenwashing sins BTW.
4.6 – How many pounds of trash that the average American creates per day.
6,000+ – The amount of cash you’d save if you quit drinking bottled water.
3 – Percent of folks who recycle their cell phone.
2 – Percent of “green” products (out of 2,219 in the United States and Canada) found to be actually green and NOT greenwashing.
80 – Percent of people who think toxic cleaners are safe according to studies.
200 – Number of chemical compounds in household products that have actually been tested for safety OUT of 80,000.
8 – Percent of sunscreens found to be safe and effective.
55 – The percent of paper waste that Americans recycle each year. PAPER! I.e. easily recycled – just 55% – sad.
27 – The percent of disposable water bottles that are recycled in American each year. Not cool when reusable water bottles abound.
107 – number of ingredients in pesticides thought to cause cancer (so far) which makes organic food sound pretty darn good. (After Silent Spring, NRDC, 6/93)
600 – Number of plastic tampon applicators found on ONE beach during ONE beach clean up day (according to the NYT).
500 – The number of years that disposable diaper will sit in the landfill.
19,000 – How many pounds of waste the average elementary school creates annually due to lunch time trash.
18,000,000 – Liters of oil saved when a tax on plastic bags was introduced in Ireland (they reduced their plastic bag consumption by 90%).
1 – How many people it takes to start making a difference. Just one. That one person today could be you.
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