Be in the Know!

Be Aware of the Impact your Lifestyle is Making

When we're all zooming around in our cars from one end of the country to the next and making use of everything conveniently disposable, it's easy to forget that our lifestyle is contributing directly to the environment.  Be aware of what your choices mean in terms of carbon emission and environmental impact!

You can use this handy "Carbon Calculator" from the folks at conservation.org to gain a sense of what your lifestyle means in terms of carbon emission contribution. It's an important number!

 http://www.conservation.org/act/live_green/carboncalc/Pages/default.aspx

This nifty quiz from the same site can also give you an idea if the lifestyle choices you make are environmentally hazardous or smart! As you read through the questions, you can also get some ideas on how to live a more environmentally-conscious life. It's not that hard! Where do you rank?

http://www.conservation.org/act/live_green/Pages/ecofootprint.aspx

Fun Facts!
  • About 1% of U.S. landfill space is full of disposable diapers, which take 500 years to decompose.
  • Glass produced from recycled glass instead of raw materials reduces related air pollution by 20%, and water pollution by 50%.

  • Americans use 50 million tons of paper annually -- consuming more than 850 million trees

  • Over 100 pesticide ingredients are suspected to cause birth defects, cancer, and gene mutations

  • Every ton of recycled office paper saves 380 gallons of oil.

  • On the average, the 140 million cars in America are estimated to travel almost 4 billion miles in a day, and according to the Department of Transportation, they use over 200 million gallons of gasoline doing it.

  • If just 25% of U.S. families used 10 fewer plastic bags a month, we would save over 2.5 BILLION bags a year.
  • Enough glass was thrown away in 1990 to fill the Twin Towers (1,350 feet high) of New York's World Trade Center every two weeks.

  • When you visit a pharmacist, one in every four purchases will have come from a tropical forest

  • When you visit a pharmacist, one in every four purchases will have come from a tropical forest.
  • More than anything else, rainforest is destroyed by peasant farmers. However, the responsibility for this lies largely with the governments who fail to promote land reform and sustainable agricultural practices as an alternative to forest clearance

 

Above facts were from: http://library.thinkquest.org/11353/facts.htm

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  • Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every 3 months. Environmental Defense Fund

  • If every household in the U.S. replaced just one roll of 1,000 sheet virgin fiber bathroom tissues with 100% recycled ones, we could save: 373,000 trees, 1.48 million cubic feet of landfill space, and 155 million gallons of water. Seventh Generation Co
  • The U.S. is 5% of the world's population but uses 25% of its natural resources. Environmental Protection Agency

  • Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to operate a TV for 3 hours. Eco-Cycle

Above facts were from: http://www.ecocycle.org/tidbits/index.cfm

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