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The Problem: The average American produces 4 pounds of trash every single day and 1.5 tons of solid waste every year.
The Solution: Start composting! All biodegradable items such as food, tea bags, paper, and even dryer lint can be composted.
The Problem: Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every single hour! A lot of this plastic ends up in the ocean, killing 1 million marine animals every year.
The Solution: Say no to plastic bottles. Start using refillable water bottles made from metal, glass, or BPA-free plastic. Make your own juice at home with a juicer instead of buying it in plastic bottles from the store.
The Problem: The average family throws away 6 trees worth of paper every year.
The Solution: Make sure paper is always recycled or composted and take reusable bags to the store. Every ton of paper recycled saves 7 trees, 60,000 gallons of water, 9,000 pounds of steam, and 3.3 cubic yards of landfill area. Even paper bags are harmful to the environment, producing twice as much atmospheric waste as plastic. Reusable is always best.
The Problem: Over 75% of waste is recyclable but only 30% is actually recycled.
The Solution: Sort your trash. Always put aluminum, glass, and paper in the recycling bin. Recycling just 1 aluminum can saves enough energy to listen to a full album on your iPod. Recycling 100 cans could light your bedroom for two straight weeks!
Want to help reduce your environmental impact? Watch this episode of Going Off Grid about Lauren Singer, the New York woman living a zero waste lifestyle, who's only produced a single jar of trash in two years. Then, take our Zero Waste Challenge starting Tuesday April 14th. Could you go just 24 hours without producing any trash?
Tweet us a picture of how much trash you end up with after the challenge to @SeekerNetwork and use the hashtag #zerowaste. For every photo we receive, we'll donate $1 to Keep America Beautiful.
Read more trashy facts here:
Reuse This Bag: 25 Reasons to Go Reusable
Recycle Across America: Recycling Facts