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Bankrate's 2007 Living Green, Saving Green Guide
Fact & fiction
Many truths and untruths are circulating. What's true?
Fact & fiction
Fast facts


Little things can mean a lot -- especially when it's the little things every one of us can do and the way they add up to help the planet.

Here's a fascinating collection of fun facts that prove that point:

Fact: Each year some 1.5 million tons of plastic are used on the bottling of 23 billion gallons of drinking water.
Fact: If everyone in America recycled their junk mail, $370 million in landfill dumping fees could be saved each year.
Fact: If every household paid just one bill online, it would save almost $2 billion a year in postage costs, enough to pay off the average credit card debt of 250,000 consumers.
Fact: About 70 percent of the fresh water used in southern Nevada goes to water lawns and golf courses.
Fact: Almost 10 percent of the waste at dump sites consists of telephone books.
Fact: If every American who washes a car at home instead went to a professional car wash -- a single time -- more than 8.5 billion gallons of water could be saved, and the country's rivers, lakes and streams could be spared about 12 billion gallons of dirty, soapy water.
Fact: If just 10 percent of U.S. households attached shut-off nozzles to their hoses and saved 30 seconds water flow each week, the water saved would fill more than 128,000 bathtubs a day.
Fact: One live nighttime concert event can burn as much electricity as 700 households use all year.
Fact: A single fast food order of a hamburger, fries and soda takes 1,500 gallons of water to make -- including the water needed to grow potatoes, the grain for the bun, the cattle and everything for the soda.
Fact: If tap water replaced bottled water in the U.S., it would save about $8 billion and help prevent 60 million plastic bottles from being discarded each day.
Fact: Each year some 1.4 billion movie tickets alone are sold in the U.S., and almost every one of them goes into the trash.
Fact: About 800,000 of the 1 million travel guidebooks printed annually in the U.S. end up in landfills each year and less than 200,000 are recycled.
 
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