US consumers spend up to 10,000 times more per gallon for bottled water than for tap water.
The average US citizen uses 50 pounds of tissue paper per year. Try to buy the highest content of post-consumer recycled content, looking for either 100% recycled or FSC certified tissue or toilet paper.
If your toilet is from 1992 or earlier, you probably have an inefficient model that uses between 3.5 to 7 gallons per flush. Newer, high-efficiency toilets use less than 1.3 gallons per flush.
The average dishwasher in US homes today uses 8.7 gallons of water per load. Washing by hand for 10 minutes with water running can use 20 gallons.
Generating enough electricity to cook for an hour in a standard electric oven creates 2.7 pounds of CO2. A toaster oven creates 1.3 pounds over 50 minutes; a microwave creates 0.5 pounds over 15 minutes.
26 recycled PET plastic bottles equals a polyester suit. 5 recycled PET bottles make enough fiberfill to stuff a ski jacket.
Polystyrene (“Styrofoam”) is difficult to recycle, both because recycling facilities aren’t commonplace and you can’t make it into new high-quality polystyrene.
A leaky faucet that fills a coffee cup in 10 minutes will waste an estimated 3,000 gallons of water per year.
In North America, fruits and vegetables travel an average of 1,500 miles before reaching your plate. Buying fresh, local food eliminates long distances traveled and preserves flavor and nutrients.
Only 10% of the energy used by an incandescent bulb produces light; the rest is given off as heat. Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) are up to 4 times as efficient as incandescent bulbs.
80% of dry cleaners in the U.S. use perchloroethylene, a solvent that has been linked to cancer, nervous system damage and hormonal disruption. Seek out a non-toxic professional dry cleaning alternative or “green cleaner” in your area.