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Facts and Tips for Greener Living

"There are 82 million mothers in the United States who make 85 percent of the family buying decisions and spend 2.1 trillion dollars a year. If even half of these consumers would go green, can you imagine the positive impact on the environment? Incredible."—Rachel Sarnoff

Do Just One Thing:

  • Recycling just one beer or soda can saves enough energy to power a light bulb for several hours!
  • If everyone in the U.S. replaced just one household bulb with a compact fluorescent, we would save enough energy to light 2.5 million homes.
  • If all Americans stopped eating meat just one day a week, the energy saved would be the equivalent of taking 8 million cars off the road.
  • If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we could save about 25,000,000 trees each year.
  • Research suggests that green exercise may be better at improving health than the same amount of energy expended in gym indoors. Groups of families can meet once or twice a week to hike, garden or exercise some other way in the natural world. Best of all, green exercise is free.

Do More!

  • Replacing just 3 of the ordinary light bulbs in your home with a compact fluorescent bulb saves an average of $60 per year in energy costs and reduces your carbon footprint by 300 pounds.
  • If every house in the U.S. reduced its energy consumption by just 15%, we could retire about 200 coal-burning plants. (Go to energystar.gov and click "assess your home" to get started.)
  • If New Yorkers recycled all of our steel we could build 9 new Statues of Liberty each week!
  • Support Neighborhood Green Projects in NYC: check out ioby.org, a microfunding site for local environmental initiatives. The average donation is under $40 and the average distance donors live from the projects the fund is only 2 miles.

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Everyday Environmentalist from the Nature Conservancy

Get the Facts

  • According to the Environmental Working Group, indoor levels of harmful pollutants like formaldehyde, chloroform, and styrene range from 2 to 50 times higher than outdoor levels. Open those windows!
  • As few as 6 potted plants can make a room's air 75% cleaner. (National Wildlife Magazine)
  • Since the 1970s, kids have lost about 12 hours per week in free time, including a 25 percent decrease in play.
  • Every subway or bus trip prevents 10.4 pounds of carbon from being released into the atmosphere, on average.
  • Over 75% of all the aluminum produced in the U.S. since 1888 is still in use today.
  • Pratt Industries, the biggest paper recycler in NYC, recycles enough paper every day to stretch from here to Los Angeles!
  • 15% of the household garbage in NYC is paper that should have been recycled
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