Facts & Tips: Know your stuff - Do your part
Did you know?
- Recycling a single aluminum can saves the same amount of energy needed to power a TV for 3 hours - or the equivalent of half a gallon of gasoline!
- Consumer electronics may be responsible for 40% of the lead found in landfills.
- According to the EPA, manufacturing one desktop computer requires fossil fuels and chemicals that amount to at least 9 times the weight of the computer!
- Americans have discarded up to 154 million computers in the past 20 years.
- Approximately 97% of the world's water is salty and undrinkable; 3% of the water is freshwater but 2% of all the water is frozen in glaciers and polar ice caps. CONSERVE WATER.
- One drop of water per second would waste 2,700 gallons (10,220 L) of water per year!
- Americans will buy an estimated 25 billion single-serving, plastic water bottles this year. 4/5 or 80% (22 billion) will end up in a landfill.
- 1.5 million barrels of oil is used annually to produce plastic water bottles for America alone - enough to fuel some 100,000 U.S. cars for a year.
- Swapping 5 books a year could save 80 pounds of co2.
- Every tree provides oxygen enough for 3 people to breathe.
- Paper and paper products account for more than 1/3 of all waste in both Canada and the US.
- Recycled paper requires 64% less energy than making paper from virgin wood pulp. Choose recycled paper in the first place.About one-third of an average dump is made up of packaging material.
- About one-third of an average dump is made up of packaging material.
For more tips visit: Green Living in St. Louis
- Computers - turn off monitors when not in use and activate the sleep mode.
- Turn off the lights when you're the last person to leave a room.
- Unplug electronics such as cell phones and laptops once they are charged. Adapters plugged into outlets use energy even when they are not charging.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with more efficient CFLs or LEDs.
- Walk, bike or carpool whenever possible to reduce air pollution and gas usage, while increasing your health.
- Take shorter showers - challenge yourself to only 5 minutes. Better yet, take a cold 5 minute shower! *Cold water uses less energy than hot water.
- Help conserve water by only washing full loads of clothes and dishes & use cold water more often
- Avoid throwing recyclables in the trash - Think about this: when you throw something "away", where is "away"?
- Bring your own reusable mug/bottle to reduce waste and save money - Avoid contributing to the 80% of water bottles (that could have been recycled) that end up in the landfill each year.
- Take your reusable bags to the grocery store with you. *Did you know that 100 billion plastic bags are used each year in America? And plastic bags can take up to 1000 years to decompose.
- Calculate your own carbon footprint: www.earthday.org/footprint-calculator