Being green is all about reducing how many resources you use, reusing items when you can, and recycling items that can’t be reused. If you’re ready to go green, start by changing your personal habits and giving your home a green makeover. Additionally, change your habits at work and on the go.
Mass extinction, rain forests rapidly disappearing, clouds of pollution spreading across the globe and whopping carbon footprints are only a few of the incredible environmental quandaries we’re facing today, and the numbers will blow your mind. We produce enough trash to circle the globe hundreds and hundreds of times.
1. Turning down your thermostat by one degree can cut 8% off your fuel bill.
2. An energy efficient washing machine will use a third less electricity for each wash, which could save you more than the cost of the appliance.
3. If every household replaced one roll of regular toilet paper with one recycled post-consumer waste roll, 424,000 trees would be saved.
4. Every three months, Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild the nation ’s commercial air fleet.
5. The energy saved from one recycled aluminum can will operate a television for three hours.
6. The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle will light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.
7. Recycling a glass bottle also causes 20% less air pollution & 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials.
8. Recycling & reusing the material in “tin” cans reduces energy use by 74%, air pollution by 85%, solid waste by 95% & water pollution by 76%.
9. It takes 75,000 trees to print a Sunday Edition of the New York Times.
10. Producing one ton of paper from recycled pulp saves 17 trees, 3 cubic yards of landfill space & 7000 gallons of water. It also reduces air pollutants by 60 pounds, saves 390 gallons of oil & conserves 4200 kilowatt hours of energy – enough to heat a home for half a year.