|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.
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.
businesses can prevent 33 million
tons of paper from going to landfills
by recycling -- enough to save 561
|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.
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.