In the past couple years, "green" building has evolved. Houses are more frequently equipped with energy-saving appliances and made of recycled products. This change has led to more environmentally friendly homes. Here are 11 interesting facts about recycling to keep in mind:
- The average American uses 650 pounds of paper each year.
- Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.
- A typical family consumes 182 gallons of soda, 29 gallons of juice, 104 gallons of milk, and 26 gallons of bottled water a year.
- About 80% of what Americans throw away is recyclable, yet our recycling rate is only 28%.
- Every month, Americans throw out enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper.
- Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures a year.
- Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees, two barrels of oil, 4,100 kilowatts of energy, 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of pollution.
- The 17 trees saved by recycling one ton of paper can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the air each year.
- If all of our newspapers were recycled, we could save about 250 million trees each year.
- More than 20 million Hershey’s Kisses are wrapped each day, using 133 square miles of aluminum foil and most of that wrapper eventually goes in the trash.
- Recycling out aluminum can save enough energy to run a TV for three hours; however, Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every three months.
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