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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
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Fact: Each year, Americans throw away 138 billion straws and stirrers, enough to make a giant straw statue 20 times taller than the Statue of Liberty.
Fact: Making photocopies on both sides of a sheet can save a great deal of paper -- if 25 percent of all copies were done that way, the annual savings would equal 130 billion sheets of paper -- a stack thicker than the diameter of the earth.
Fact: If 10 percent of organized amateur baseball and softball games played at night were instead played during daylight hours, the energy saved could broadcast the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on 11 million televisions.
Fact: About 17 million trees per year are cut down to supply fax paper for the U.S.
Fact: American businesses can prevent 33 million tons of paper from going to landfills by recycling -- enough to save 561 million trees.
Fact: Each year more than 1.5 billion tons of household solid waste is produced around the world -- about three times the total weight of every person alive.
Fact: Almost 5 million trees and enough paper waste to fill 17,000 garbage trucks could be saved if every household replaced one 12-roll pack of regular bathroom tissue with recycled paper.
Fact: If every household that uses canned tuna replaced one 6-ounce can with 6 ounces of fresh fish, the water and fish saved could fill a 70-foot high aquarium spanning two soccer fields with more than 12,100 pounds of yellowfin tuna.
Fact: Freezing and canning fresh vegetables in the U.S. uses about 3 billion kilowatt-hours of energy per year, enough to light every light bulb in the state of New York for three years.
Fact: If each American household reduced its beef consumption by just one pound a year, it would save 250 billion gallons of water -- about the amount that flows over Niagara Falls in five days.
Fact: If 20 percent of all U.S. and Canadian households substituted 4 ounces of soy for 4 ounces of beef each week, the water saved each year would be enough to provide 10 gallons of drinking water to every person in the world.
Fact: If each American vitamin consumer bought one less plastic bottle per year, the bottles saved could make 412 stacks of plastic bottles, each tall enough to reach the top of the ozone layer.
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