Going green – the numbers say why you should

Going green – the numbers say why you should

Going green, so why should we do it. Surely, the little things we all do are a drop in the ocean anyway?

Well, according to Treehugger, going green has a significant impact, even in your own household. They’ve put together a few statistics that really make you look at going green in a new light:

1 pound per hour: the amount of carbon dioxide that is saved from entering the atmosphere for every kilowatt-hour of renewable energy produced.

5 percent: the percentage of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions produced by air travel.

1.5 acres: the amount of rainforest lost every second to land development and deforestation, with tremendous losses to habitat and biodiversity.

137: the number of plant, animal and insect species lost every day to rainforest deforestation, equating to roughly 50,000 species per year.

4 pounds, 6 ounces: the amount of cosmetics that can be absorbed through the skin of a woman who wears makeup every day, over the period of one year.

95 percent: the amount of energy saved by recycling an aluminum can versus creating the can from virgin aluminum. That means you can make 20 cans out of recycled material with the same amount of energy it takes to make one can out of new material.

113,204: the number, on average, of aluminum cans recycled each minute of each day.

3: the number of hours a computer can run on the energy saved from recycling just one aluminum can.

40 percent: the percentage of energy saved by recycling newsprint over producing it from virgin materials.

Some food for thought there. If you change the way you consume, travel and shop, even a little, you make quite a difference. If you have dropped the idea of going green feeling that you can’t make any difference, think again. The numbers are there to prove it.
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