Environmental concerns have been rising for years. Here are some facts you may not know about the environment and how you can do your part to help:
- The average American makes 4.5 pounds of trash daily. This comes out to an estimated 1.5 tons of waste per year.
- The Environmental Protection Agency reports that about 75% of solid waste is recyclable, even though only an estimated 30% is actually recycled.
- Americans create about 21.5 million tons of food waste every year.
- If that food waste was all composted, the greenhouse gases it would reduce would be equal to the effect of taking 2 million cars off the road.
- If every American who buys a newspaper recycled just one-tenth of it, 25 million trees a year would be saved.
- Americans recycled and composted about 87 million tons in 2012.
- One way to reduce landfill waste and environmental pollution is by clothing donation.
- The average household in America throws away approximately 68 pounds of clothing a year.
- This comes out to approximately 12 million tons of wasted cloth.
- About 99% of that clothing could be donated or recycled.
- Non-biodegradable synthetic fabrics such as polyester, nylon, and rayon, comprise 5% of the garbage found in landfills
- In one year, approximately $5.8 billion worth of clothing donations were given as charity donations for non profit organizations and charities
- Donating clothing to charity resulted in an estimated 2 million tons of clothing kept out of landfills in 2011.
- Textile recycling creates and maintains about 17,000 jobs in the US at any given time.
- On average, one person buys 10 pounds of recycled clothing per year.
- Only about 15% of clothing and textiles were recovered for recycling in 2011.
- About 80% of clothing donations are used by the organizations collecting it for helping families in need and for funding themselves.
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