Facts on America

Each year Americans alone throw away 18 billion disposable diapers.  In perspective, this is enough to extend from the earth to the moon and back 7 times. In 2 weeks, Americans throw enough glass bottles and jars out to fill the New York Trade Center’s twin towers. Americans go through on average 2.5 million plastic bottles per hour.

58% of U.S. newspapers are recycled. 500,000 trees could be saved from being cut down if every family in the United States recycled their newspaper.

Ford Motor Company indicates that 75% of every vehicle is recyclable.

Dishwashers use about 11 gallons of water.  Hand washed dishes use up approximately 16 gallons. Taking a bath, half full of water, uses around 20 gallons of water.  However, an average length shower only uses about 13 gallons. Americans normally use about 70 gallons of water each day.

(source: http://www.afn.org/~afn21661/Facts.htm)


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