a few eco facts…
just for fun

  • Earth is the only planet whose name is not derived from the Roman or Greek mythology. Instead, the name originated from the 8th century Anglo Saxon word Erda, for ground or soil.
  • Only 11 percent of the earth’s surface is used to grow food.
  • Seventy percent of the Earth’s surface is covered in water.
  • The two-liter bottle of a cola requires five liters water to produce.
  • Just the leaves from a single acre of trees might send eight thousand gallons of water up into the air in a day, which is enough to fill a normal swimming pool.
  • The garbage in a landfill stays for a for about 30 years.
  • In 1995 over 200 of the world landfills were full.
  • Each person throws away approximately four pounds of garbage every day.
  • One bus carries as many people as 40 cars!
  • The average family throws away about 88 pounds of plastic every year.
  • Each gallon of fuel releases 20 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air.
  • Approximately 5 million tons of the oil produced in the world each year ends up in the ocean.
  • The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a traditional light bulb for four hours.
  • For every 2000 pounds of paper (1 ton) recycled, we save 7,000 gallons of water free from chemicals.
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