Eco Facts

  1. Americans throw away 25 million styrofoam coffee cups every year.
  2. An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now.
  3. Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours.
  4. If we recycled every plastic bottle we used, we would keep 2 billion tons of plastic out of landfills.
  5. Recycling one aluminum drink container can run your TV for 3 hours.
  6. It takes 25 two-liter plastic soft drink bottles to make a sweater.
  7. It takes two plastic soft drink bottles to make enough polyester fiber for a baseball cap.
  8. It takes 35 two-liter plastic bottles to make 1 sleeping bag.
  9. If we recycle the aluminum trash that Americans throw away, we could rebuild the entire US airline fleet every three months.
  10. Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the US.
  11. 27% of the newspapers produced in America are recycled.
  12. Americans throw away enough paper, plastic cups, plastic forks and spoons every year to circle the equator 300 times.
  13. The State of California spends about 25 million dollars sending plastic bags to landfills every year, and another 8.5 million dollars to remove littered bags from its streets.
  14. Approximately 2.6 billion holiday cards are sold each year in the U.S. which could fill a football field 10 stories high.
  15. 38,000 miles of ribbon are thrown away each year, enough to tie a bow around the Earth.
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