- According to the EPA about 80% of what Americans throw away is recyclable, yet our recycling rate is just 28%.
- An energy-efficient home saves up to $400 a year in utility costs.
- About 3.5 billion wire hangers get dumped into U.S. landfills every year, according to the Hanger Network. Thats about 60,000 cars.
- We wear 20% of the clothes we own 80% of the time. The rest hangs there, just in case.
- Each year, 100 million trees are used to produce junk mail. Each year, about 100 million households receive 16.6 billion catalogs.
- According to a study conducted by a Boston marketing firm, the average American burns 55 minutes a day looking for things they know they own but cannot find.
- If all U.S. households received and paid their bills online, it would eliminate more than 800,000 tons of waste each year.
- The National Soap and Detergent Association believes getting rid of clutter would eliminate 40 percent of the housework in the average home.
- If every household in the US replaced just one roll of 1,000-sheet virgin fiber bathroom tissue with 100% recycled rolls, we could save 373,000 trees, 1.48 million cubic feet of landfill space, and 155 million gallons of water. -Seventh Generation
- In the United States right now, landfills are filling up and closing at the rate of approximately 2 a day.
- If every home in America replaced just one incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb, it would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of more than 800,000 cars annually.
- Americans toss out more than 100 million cell phones every year.
- A glass bottle thrown away today will still be there in the year 3000.
- Harris Interactive reports that 23% of adults say they pay bills late (and incur fees) because they lose them.
- Ikea did a survey of customers in which 31% reported that they were more satisfied after clearing out their closets then they were after sex.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
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