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Friday, April 25, 2008

Fact Friday

Earth Day
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By the numbers...

544,000: trees saved if every household in the United States replaced just one roll of virgin fiber paper towels (70 sheets) with 100% recycled ones.

20 million: tons of electronic waste thrown away each year. One ton of scrap from discarded computers contains more gold than can be produced from 17 tons of gold ore.

9 cubic yards: amount of landfill space saved by recycling one ton of cardboard.

79 million tons: the amount of waste material diverted away from disposal in 2005 through recycling and composting… (EPA)

5%: the fraction of the energy it takes to recycle aluminum versus mining and refining new aluminum.

315 kg: the amount of carbon dioxide not released into the atmosphere each time a metric ton of glass is used to create new glass products.

98%: the percentage of glass bottles in Denmark that are refillable. 98% of those are returned by consumers for reuse.

51.5%: the percentage of the paper consumed in the U.S. that was recovered for recycling in 2005.

Thanks for visiting us this week as we celebrated Earth Day and explored what we can all do to help the environment! I love being outside and I love having a nice clean, green place to play. Let's keep it that way for future generations to enjoy as well!

Don't forget that I am hosting The Carnival of the Cats at House Panthers. This is my very first time hosting a Blog Carnival so I hope you will submit your post and help make this one a success!

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meemsnyc said...

Happy Earth Day!

jan said...

Our human is very big on recycling. She finally found someone who would take our old computers and electronics equipment and refurbish them for kids who don't have stuff like that.

It takes so little to make her happy.

Misty the alpha Poodle

Parker said...

We do our part and always look for more ways to be nice to this earth we call home!

One-Eyed Jack said...

You have lots of great ideas here!

My OTW was a rabid recycler until she had to give up. The town we live in NEVER empties bins and takes them to the recycling centre. She's very very mad. But then, she says what can you expect in a town where the Enviro-journalist suggests saving on paper waste by insisting drive-thrus give you your food on real dishes with real cutlery and circling the parking lot while you eat, then returning the dishes.

Or where you practically have to wrestle the grocery baggers (or at least face completely blank stares) when you insist you don't want your grocery put into a plastic bag THEN into your cloth bags, you just want the groceries put directly into the cloth bags. That you BOUGHT at their store.


She needs to rant about it sometimes, but she keeps trying. And she does what she can, with things she can control.

Oh, and she says she grew up near Niagara Falls. The Power plant is HUGE!

Thank you for finding all this info for our humans!


Mickey said...

This has been great ,the info you gave us this week!! Some of the grocery stores here no longer provide plastic bags. They all sell cloth bags (99cents)
Mom made hers :)
Recycling is the way to go!!
Purrs Mickey

PB & J said...

Great facts Diamond! We recycle a lot and we just found out that Petsmart will recycle ink cartridges and cell phones and donate part of the proceeds to homeless pets!

Also, George tagged you for a meme over on our bloggie!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

We recycle quite a lot. I do wish I could go visit our yard. Perhaps when we plant the garden...

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

these are very important facts. we recycle everything we can and even bought cloth napkins so we don't use paper ones.
i am very glad that the "trend" is something more than silly fashions...that the trend is being eco-friendly! i hope it is a forever trend.