- 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.
Just the facts, ma’am… random eco-facts that make us think…
- The average life of a 100-watt incandescent bulb consumes enough energy to drive a Toyota Prius from New York to San Francisco.
- Only 1% of China’s 560 million city residents breathe air that is considered safe by the European Union.
- Around 2 billion people in the world are currently without electricity.
- A 1-kilowatt home solar system will prevent approximately 170 pounds of coal from being burned, 300 pounds of CO2 from being released and 105 gallons of water from being consumed – each month!
- The amount of sunlight that falls to the earth’s surface in one minute is sufficient to meet world energy demands for an entire year.
- The average American throws away nearly 65 pounds of textiles each yar.
- 500,000 – the number of trees it takes to produce each week’s Sunday newspapers.
- An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can in 500 years.
- The average American family throws away about 88 pounds of plastic each year.
- 1 billion people in the world do not have access to clean water.
- It takes 12 pounds of grain and 2,500 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of hamburger.
It takes 12 pounds of grain and 2,500 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of hamburger.
On Friday, we posted about checking your carbon footprint, and that’s important. Something people don’t hear about as much is checking their nitrogen footprint.
Head over to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Nitrogen Calculator and see how you come up. It only takes a minute.
Why is your nitrogen footprint important?
Nitrogen is essential for life, it makes up 78% of the earth’s atmosphere. But our growing population is releasing way more nitrogen than the environment can handle.
You can lower your nitrogen footprint by making more sustainable choices like driving fewer miles, reducing your electricity usage and opting for a diet low in red meats.
We’ll be posting more about ways to lower both of your footprints, so stay tuned!
Have you ever wondered just how big of an impact you have on the environment? At bambeco, we talk about how just a little change can make a big difference.
Take a moment to calculate your actual carbon footprint. Yes, you’ll need some hard data like your utility bill, but it really only takes about 15 minutes. Don’t worry, we’ll wait. You can also head to the Footprint Network for another way of calculating your global impact.
Did the numbers surprise you? Or were they about what you expected?
Quite a few bambeco team members were surprised at their own footprints. They were even more surprised to learn how easy it was to lower their numbers.
What was your carbon footprint?