Earth Week Fun Facts!
- According to the EPA, only 18% of e-waste (or electronics) is recycled. Recycle your old and used electronics responsibly to keep toxic chemicals such as lead, mercury, and arsenic out of landfills and potentially out of groundwater.
- When 1 ton of paper is recycled, 7,000 gallons of water, 17 mature trees, and 2 barrels of oil are saved!
- Replace you normal coffee with fair-trade, shade-grown, or organic coffee. It helps to save rainforests, keeps toxins out of the soil, and even tastes a bit better!
- Add plants to your indoor areas! Adding plants indoors reduces dust by 20%, bacteria by 50%, and mold by 60%! They can also increase productivity and your mood!
- 130 million cell phones enter the landfills each year. That’s over 2 million a week!
Going Green is good for the planet and for your wallet:
- Changing your thermostat by just 2 degrees could save you an additional $40 a year on electric!
- Switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs can save you up to $270 a year!
- Simply unplugging appliance and electronics not in use could save you $200 a year!
- Drinking water from a reusable bottle, instead of buying bottled water could save you $150 a year!
- Fixing that leaky commode not only saves you money, but also saves gallons of water from being waster.
- By carpooling, riding your bike, or walking to work or class, you can save up to $1000 a year!
- Use tennis balls in your dryer next time instead of dryer sheets, they speed up drying time AND are reusable! Going to miss your favorite clean clothes smell?? Just put a few drops of your favorite essential oil on the tennis balls!
- Wearing your clothes more than once before washing not only extends the life of your clothes, but also cuts down on water usage!
- College graduates make up the highest percentage of people who recycle the most, at 59%.
- Clothing and household textiles, consisting of fabrics such as cotton, polyester, nylon and rayon, make up almost 5 percent of the total garbage in landfills.
- About 20 percent of clothing donations are turned over to thrift shops. The remainder, sold to textile recyclers, can end up as wiping rags, insulation, upholstery stuffing, ingredients in paper products or used clothing exports.
- The U.S. textile recycling industry consists of about 2,000 companies, most of which are family-owned. They provide about 17,000 jobs and account for gross sales of $700 million every year.