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Facts On Green Living

We sometimes hear the terms “Going Green” without fully understanding the benefits of such a lifestyle.

There’s the obvious planet and money-saving advantages, but we sometimes don’t think about the specifics.

We’ve compiled a list of what we think are some of the top facts of taking on a greener lifestyle and minimizing our carbon footprint.

The Pros

Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 78 gallons of oil, 7,000 gallons of water, and 41,000 kilowatt hours of energy

113,204 aluminum cans are recycled every minute

Composts can capture and destroy 99.6% of industrial chemicals in contaminated air

Car batteries are the #1 recycled item in the United States

Eliminating drafts in your home can save you up to 30% on your heating/cooling bill each year

Some LED light fixtures can retain 70% of their original strength for 50,000 hours or more

Well-designed daylit buildings can reduce energy by 50-80% each year

The Cons

40% of municipal waste is paper trash

In the U.S., 99% of virgin fiber used for paper manufacturing comes from trees.

300 million tons of plastic are produced globally each year

Nearly 100 million trees are cut down each year to be used for paper in junk mail in the United States

Less than 20% of plastic water bottles are recycled each year

Air conditioning accounts for 45% of the electrical grid peak each year in the commercial sector

Americans consume 26 percent of the world’s energy

Though drywall is 100% recyclable, 40 tons of gypsum end up in landfills daily

These are just a few facts about the need to go green. If we all do our parts to be more conscientious about our personal energy and material consumption, we can affect change in the world for the better.

Check out some of our previous articles on reusability, DIY gadgets, and more.

Sources:
Earth911
EPA
GoGreen
Epeat
Intel
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