50 Statistics You Should Know for Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary

50 Statistics You Should Know for Earth Day's 50th Anniversary

That's way too many water bottles

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Worldwide, approximately 1 million water bottles are sold every minute; that's 1.3 billion water bottles a day. In the United States, about 35 million water bottles go into landfills every year and they take up to 1,000 years to decompose. If you want to stay hydrated on the go, consider investing in a reusable water bottle. Not only will they keep your water cold, but it will reduce your contribution to waste and set a good example for those around you. In other words, single-use water bottles are one of the disposables you should stop buying now.

Beware of phantom power

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Just because you switched the off button doesn't mean the power on your device is truly off. Standby power aka phantom power continues to surge into devices such as computers, cell phones, video game systems, cable boxes and more as long as they're plugged in. Not only is this waste of energy bad for the environment but it's costing you money. The NRDC estimates that the average U.S. household would save $165 a year by unplugging their devices and reducing phantom power. Perhaps more importantly, they also estimate this would prevent 44 million metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution. Here are a few more clever ways to slash your energy bill.

Our lifestyle is impossible to sustain

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There are currently more than 7.6 billion people living in the world and our population continues to grow. According to the United Nations, if the world's population reaches 9.6 billion by the year 2050, it would take the equivalent of three planets to produce enough natural resources to sustain our current lifestyle. This is obviously not sustainable and a clear indication we need to make some changes. If you're wondering where all those people live, check out this list of the 20 largest cities in the world.

50 Statistics You Should Know for Earth Day's 50th Anniversary, Source:https://www.rd.com/culture/earth-day-statistics/