Sunday, April 20, 2008

Earth Week Eco Tid-Bits

As it's earth week, here are some interesting factoids to get you thinking. . .

One 98' tree with 200,00 leaves can absorb 11,359 gallons of water and breath it into the air in just one growing season.

The average home can accumulate as much as 100 lbs. of household hazardous waste in the basement, garage, and storage closets (yeah right you have those).

Teh average human breathes in about 16,000 quarts of air each day, and each quart contains about 70,000 particles.

Most Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors. The EPA estimates that indoor air pollutants may be two to five times higher than the pollutant levels outdoors.

An average family of four uses 400 gallons of water every day!!! If one of out ten homes in the U.S. upgraded to water-efficient fixtures, it could save more than 300 billion gallons and nearly $2 billion annually.

If 1 in 10 homes used ENERGY STAR appliances, the change would be like planting 1.7 million acres of trees.

Rain forests generate 40% of the world's oxygen. Only plants, including trees, can produce enough new oxygen to support life on Earth.

Courtesy of Home Depot, perhaps they're starting to notice the competition, like GreenDepot, or Colorado-based GreenSpot...Either way, it's great to see big companies making changes.

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