Talking trash

I was pleased to see, in the January issue of Redbook magazine, a list of eye-opening statistics about our trash, as a nation.

Their information includes:

  • 4.4: In pounds, the average amount of waste generated per person per day in the United States as of 2001 (in 1960 we generated 2.7 pounds per person per day).
  • 50%: Percentage of the world’s garbage produced by the United States (we have 6 percent of the world’s population).
  • 500,000: Number of trees that could be saved each week if everyone recycled their Sunday newspapers.
  • 50%: Percentage of all U.S. paper that’s now recycled, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

I’m not sure about some of those numbers — does the last one mean we purchase 50% recycled paper, or we recycle 50% of the paper we use? — but it is fantastic to see a huge magazine (that I’ll recycle, after hopefully giving it to someone else to read first) talking trash.

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One thought on “Talking trash

  1. Green Bean says:

    I love love love seeing mainstream magazines address issues like this. Our local parenting magazine devoted an entire issue to going green and my mom said that she read an article about living sustainably in Country Living for goodness sakes. It’s great too because it makes me seem less fringe and makes my friends and family pick up my habits more readily.

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