Did You Know? (100 Facts)

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1. You can make a huge difference by being aware of your habits?

2. Burning coal produces CO2 – the main contributors to global warming

3. Americans use 170 gallons of water per day – 7x per capita average

4. We are in a severe drought all over the state, and world wide

5. Our water travels as far as 500 miles to get our faucets – its comes from the Sierra’s and the Colorado River

6. 2.5 million bottles of water are tossed every hour in California

7. 3 million bottles end up in landfills daily in California alone

8. Plastic out weighs plankton in our oceans 24:1

9. Glass can be recycled indefinitely

10. Plastic downgrades and after being recycled become inert and ends up in landfills [more]

11. Fish and birds mistake plastic for food, and consume it – this effects our food supply

12. Many popular types of fish are endangered – reference your Seafood Watch card when making your decisions!

13. Garbage thrown on the street in Pasadena will make it to the beaches threw the storm drains – if it is not collected by beach clean up after a storm, it washes into the ocean

14. Plastic does not biodegrade

15. 6-pack rings should always be cut

16. Americans consume 400 – 500 beverage containers annually

17. American use 326 lbs of plastic annually

18. 90% of floating marine litter is plastic

19. Californians use more than 90 billion plastic bags annually – about 552 bags per person

20. In LA county we have: 318 miles of polluted rivers, 250 sq miles of polluted lakes, bays, and wetlands, and 116 miles of polluted beaches and coastline 

21. Californians throw away 600 plastic bags per second

22. Tossing cigarette butts into the streets end up on our beaches and in our oceans

23. Even when electronic devices are turned off, but plugged in, they still uses energy – Save over 1,000 lbs of carbon dioxide and $256 per year

24. Can save 300 lbs. of CO2 by changing 3 frequently used bulbs with CFL’s

25. Its illegal to throw away batteries

26. You an save 5 Lbs. of CO2 per ream of paper if used 100% post consumer

27. You can remove your name from receiving junk mail for free?

28. Dimmer save 25% of energy

29. What is considered hazardous waste? Know how to dispose of it locally

30. Clean or replace dirty air conditioner filters as recommended. Save 350 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $150 per year

31. CFLs use 60% less energy than a regular bulb

32. Keep your water heater thermostat at 120°F and save 550 lbs. of CO2 and $30 per year

33. Move your heater thermostat down 2 degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer – Save 2000 lbs of CO2 and $98 per year

34. Caulk and weather strip your doorways and windows – save 1,700 lbs. of CO2 and $274 per year

35. CFL’s lasts 10x longer and a regular blub and each bulb will keep 1,500 lbs. of CO2 over the lifetime of the bulb

36. Wrap your water heater in an insulation blanket – You’ll save 1,000 lbs. of CO2 a year

37. You can save 700 lbs. of CO2 when you air dry your clothes for 6 months out of the year, use a clothesline instead of a dryer

38. You can save 2,400 pounds of CO2 a year by recycling half of the waste your household generates

39. That recycled paper products takes 70 – 90% less energy to make recycled paper and it prevents the loss of forests worldwide

40. The average fruit or vegetable travels over 1500 miles to get to your store

41. Conventional farming destroys biodiversity, pollutes our water and is responsible for 1/3 loss of top soil

42. That the FDA approved cloned meat in January 2008 – It is not required to be labeled

43. 40% of waste is food waste – organic matter that can be composted and used instead of placed in a landfill

44. By shopping at the farmers market it reduces the amount of energy required to grow and transport the food to you by 1/5

45. Frozen food uses 10 x more energy to produce

46. Almost 60% of food found in conventional supermarkets is genetically modified

47. An estimated 13 chemicals are found on conventional fruits and vegetables

48. FDA only samples a very small percentage of food sold to consumers

49. You can improve gas mileage by more than 3% by checking your tires for proper pressure

50. The average American will throw away 600 times his or her adult weight in garbage during their lifetime

51. We throw 90% of what we buy within 6 months

52. A low flow shower head uses 1 gallon of water less per minute – using the technology of air to distribute the same amount of pressure

53. One ton of recycled paper uses: 64% less energy,50% less water, 74% less air pollution, saves 17 trees and creates 5 times more jobs than one ton of paper products from virgin wood pulp

54. In the United States, we have less than 4% of our original forests left

55. 40% of waterways in the U.S. have become undrinkable

56. The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population but we’re consuming 30% of the world’s resources and creating 30% of the world’s waste

57. 75% of global fisheries now are fished at or beyond capacity

58. 80% of the planet’s original forests are gone

59. In the Amazon alone, we’re losing 2000 trees a minute – that is seven football fields a minute

60. There are over 100,000 synthetic chemicals in commerce today

61. Only a handful of chemicals have even been tested for human health impacts and none of them have been tested for synergistic health impacts, that means when they interact with all the other chemicals we’re exposed to every day

62. In the U.S., industry admits to releasing over 4 billion pounds of toxic chemicals a year

63. The average U.S. person now consumes twice as much as they did 50 years ago

64. During WWII we produced 40% of our from our Victory Gardens

65. Our landfill, Puente Hills, has an estimated 5 year maximum capacity

66. In the U.S. we are targeted with more than 3,000 advertisements a day

67. Americans each generate 4.6 lbs. of garbage a day

68. Recycled aluminum saves 95% energy vs. virgin aluminum

69. Recycling of 1 aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours

70. Recycled aluminum reduces pollution by 95%

71. 4 lbs. of bauxite are saved for every pound of aluminum recycled

72. Recycled glass saves 50% energy vs. virgin glass

73. Aluminum can endlessly be recycled

74. Recycling of one glass container saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours

75. Recycled glass generates 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution

76. 1 ton of glass made from 50% recycled materials saves 250 lbs. of mining waste

77. Glass can be reused an infinite number of times; over 41 billion glass containers are made each year

78. Recycled paper saves 60% energy vs. virgin paper

79. Recycled paper generates 95% less air pollution – each ton saves 60 lbs. of air pollution

80. Recycling of each ton of paper saves 17 trees and 7000 gallons of water

81. Every year enough paper is thrown away to make a 12' wall from New York to California

82. If we recycled every plastic bottle we used, we would keep 2 billion tons of plastic out of landfills

83. According to the EPA, recycling a pound of PET saves approximately 12,000 BTU's

84. We use enough plastic wrap to wrap all of Texas every year

85. A ton of recycled paper equals or saves 17 trees in paper production

86. Production of recycled paper uses 80% less water, 65% less energy and produces 95% less air pollution than virgin paper production

87. Global paper use has grown more than six-fold since 1950

88. 1/5 of all wood harvested in the world ends up in paper – it takes 2 to 3.5 tons of trees to make one ton of paper

89. Pulp and paper is the 5th largest industrial consumer of energy in the world, using as much power to produce a ton of product as the iron and steel industry

90. In some countries, including the United States, paper accounts for nearly 40 percent of all municipal solid waste

91. Making paper uses more water per ton than any other product in the world

92. Over a ton of resources is saved for every ton of glass recycled — 1,330 pounds of sand, 433 pounds of soda ash, 433 pounds of limestone, and 151 pounds of feldspar

93. A ton of glass produced from raw materials creates 384 pounds of mining waste

94. Using 50% recycled glass cuts the waste by 75%

95. Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours

96. If every household in the U.S. replaced just 1 bottle of 25 oz. conventional based petroleum based dish liquid with a plant derived natural cleaner we would save 86,000 barrels of oil a year – enough to heat and cool 4,900 homes for 1 year!

97. The average home has 60 toxic chemicals in it

98. Globally, we are using 15% more resources than the earth can support

99. The United States has the world's largest Footprint at 23.7 acres per person – a sustainable Footprint would be 4.6 acres

100. Santa Monica residents average use is 20.9 acres per person.

Contributed By: Nancy Astrid Lindo

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