Fact: 99% of the things we buy are not in use after 6 months.

 

Source: storyofstuff.com

Fact: Each year Americans throw away 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam cups.

 

Source: EPA.gov

Fact: The environmental technology industry—spurred by environmental regulations and particularly the Clean Air Act—created 1.3 million total jobs between 1977 and 1991. Exports of environmental and pollution control technologies grew by 130 percent between 1993 and 2003, and were valued at $30 billion in 2004.

 

Source: NRDC.org

Fact:  Between 1970 and 1990 alone, the Clean Air Act prevented 205,000 premature deaths, 21,000 cases of heart disease and 843,000 asthma attacks.

Source: NRDC.org

Fact: Some carnivorous species, like salmon, can be very high maintenance to farm, requiring much more food than they produce. For every 1 lb. of farmed salmon, 2 to 5 lbs. of smaller fish are needed to feed it.

 

Source: huffingtonpost.com

Fact: The way we produce, consume and dispose of our products and our food accounts for 42% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions

 

Source: EPA

Fact: Food waste occupies 6.3 million cubic yards of landfilled MSW – Nothing biodegrades in landfills.

 

Source: EPA.gov

Fact: 2000 trees a minute are cut down in the Amazon alone. That is 7 football fields a minute!

 

Source: Storyofstuff.com

Fact: Many of the chemicals banned in the US are still used in international fish farms for disease and parasite control. Due to a lack of regulation, these chemicals make their way to our dinner table through the large amount of fish we import from other countries.

 

Source: huffingtonpost.com

Fact: Many fish farms operate with netpens in open waters. These systems are extremely susceptible to being ripped open from predators or storms. When the
fish escape, they cause irreparable harm to the local ecosystems, corrupting gene pools, competing for food sources and breeding territories, and spreading disease.

Source: Huffingtonpost.com

 

Fact: A kilogram (2.2 lbs) of hamburger or steak produced by a typical
California beef cattle operation, for instance, uses some 20,500 liters (5,400 gal.)
of water.

Source:Mono Lake Committee

Fact: 80% of the world’s forests are gone.

 

Source: Storyofstuff.com

Fact:

-         Plastic bags are among the top two items of debris found most often in coastal cleanups. (Ocean Conservancy)

-         Plastic bags wrap around living corals, quickly “suffocating” and killing them. (U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

-         Plastic pieces outweigh surface zooplankton in the Central North Pacific by a factor of 6-1. (Algalita Marine Research Foundation)

-         Plastic pieces can attract and hold hydrophobic elements like PCB and DDT up to one-million times background levels. As a result, floating plastic is like a poison pill. (Algalita Marine Research Foundation)

-         Approximately 500 nautical miles off the California coast sits a growing “plastic island,” a gargantuan patch of floating plastic trash held together by currents stretching across the northern Pacific almost as far as Japan. This “plastic island” is made up of about 7 billion pounds of plastic garbage, and measures about twice the size of Texas.

-         On a single day in 2007, nearly 400,000 volunteers around the world picked up more than 6 million pounds of trash. A majority of the items were
single-use disposable plastic items, such as plastic bags and Styrofoam containers. (Ocean Conservancy International)

-         Since water keeps the plastic cool and algae blocks ultraviolet rays, “every little piece of plastic manufactured in the past 50 years that made it into the ocean is still out there somewhere.” (Research Triangle Institute)

Source: Reuseit.com

Fact: Plastic soda bottles take about 450 years to decompose.

 

Source: simpleLivingInstitute.org

Fact: Producing one egg requires over 100 gallons of water.

 

Source:Mono Lake Committee

Fact: Non-organic cultivation processes of chocolate have resulted in deforestation which has led to a loss of forest habitat for birds and other species, and the powerful pesticides necessary to fight off natural predators harm people and wildlife.

 

Source: NWF.org

Fact: Recycling has its place – however, it’s not the solution to the plastic bag problem. Recycling rates for plastic bags are extremely low. Only 1 to 3% of plastic bags end up getting recycled

 

Source: REuseit.com

Fact: Styrofoam NEVER decomposes.

 

Source: SimpleLivingInstitute.org

Fact: On average, there are 27 oil spills every day somewhere in the waters of the world.

 

Source: thedailygreen.com

Fact:  producing a typical US car requires more than 50 times its weight in water (39,090 gallons)

Source: Mono Lake Committee

Fact: Large-scale fish farm operations force fish to live in conditions much more crowded than they would in the wild, sometimes leaving each fish less room than an
average bathtub. The excess of fish waste and unconsumed feed pollutes the surrounding waters. Additionally, living in such close proximity gives rise to increased disease and infection, which is usually responded to withc antibiotics, further polluting the surrounding environment.

 

Source: Huffingtonpost.com

Fact: Every year in the U.S. we pave over roughly 1.3 million acres of formerly unpaved land.

 

Source: thedailygreen.com