Yes, yes, I’m quite familiar with that nickname. It’s one that I’ve grow accustom to and am actually quite proud of.
Over the years I have become increasingly aware of the lack of enthusiasm to recycle. It seems like, until recently, the message that our ozone layer is rapidly depleting just hasn’t been sinking in. Now that it finally is, “Going Green” and being “Eco-Friendly” are suddenly quite popular.
Anyway, I’ve been thinking a lot about recycling and how truly easy it is to do. So I thought I’d share some super nifty recycling facts from some of my favorite Green websites with all of you OnTeensToday readers.
I must warn you, I find some of them to be quite alarming.
“Insanium in the Cranium!” To be exact.
Interesting (and Somewhat Shocking) Facts About Recycling and Greening our Environment:
There is no limit to the amount of times aluminum can be recycled. Glass is also, forever recyclable.
A typical family annually consumes:
182 gallons of soda
29 gallons of juice
104 gallons of milk
26 gallons of bottled water
Bottled water costs between $1 and $4 per gallon, and 90% of the cost is in the bottle, lid and label.
Eight out of ten plastic water bottles become landfill waste.
Plastic bottles take 700 years before they START to decompose in a landfill.
Americans recycle almost 13,000,000 glass jars and bottles every day.
In one year in the United States, the recycling of steel saves enough energy to heat and light 18,000,000 homes.
Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees.
The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years.
Americans use 85,000,000 tons of paper a year. That’s about 680 pounds per person.
Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour. Every sixty minutes!
American throw away 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam coffee cups every year. (<–count the zeros in that ridiculously large number!)
And my favorite:
More than 20,000,000 Hershey’s Kisses are wrapped each day, using 133 square miles of aluminum foil. All that foil is totally recyclable.
Sources: A Recycling Revolution, Earth911, Go Green Lifestyle