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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.
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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: