glass bottle

glass bottle

It takes approximately 1 million years for a glass bottle to break down at the landfill.

paper waste

Preventing 1 ton of paper waste saves between 15 and 17 mature trees.

plastics

Plastics require 100 to 400 years to break down at the landfill.

fisheries

75% of marine fisheries are now overfished or fished to capacity.

world energy

oil well

Nearly 80% of the world’s energy comes from oil, coal, or gas.

aluminum can

aluminum cans

It only takes about 6 weeks total to manufacture, fill, sell, recycle, and then remanufacture an aluminum beverage can.

green jobs

Recycling, reuse and remanufacturing account for 3.1 million jobs in the U.S.—one out of every three green jobs.

junk mail

More than 100 billion pieces of junk mail are delivered in the United States each year, which comes out to 848 pieces per household.

U.S. resource consumption

With less than 5% of the world’s population, the U.S. consumes 33% of paper, 25% of oil, 15% of coal, 17% of aluminum, and 15% of copper.

greenhouse gas emissions

The way we produce, consume, and dispose of our products and our food accounts for 42% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.