Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Authors Going Green - part 2

As a follow-up to my post last week about Authors Going Green, I wanted to share some alarming facts that I discovered.


Did you know...?
  • The average person employed in America uses 700 lbs. of paper each year.
  • 42% of the industrial wood harvested is used to make paper.
  • To produce each week's Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down.
  • Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees.
  • The average American household throws away 13,000 separate pieces of paper each year. Most is packaging and junk mail.
  • The construction costs of a paper mill designed to use waste paper is 50-80% less than the cost of a mill using new pulp.
  • Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the United States alone.
Just how helpful is recycling paper?
  • If the United States cut paper use by just 10% it would save about 25,000,000 trees a year, preventing the emission of 1.6 million tons of greenhouse gases - the equivalent of taking 280,000 cars off the road!
  • The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years.
  • Recycling a single ton of paper spares 17 living trees, 2 full barrels of oil, 4,100 kilowatts of energy, 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of air pollution. This is enough to run the average car for 1,260 miles and enough power for the average home for 6 months. Those 17 trees saved could absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year. Burning that same ton of paper would create 1500 pounds of carbon dioxide.
For more information on how you can do your part, go to OurEarth.org.

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