Happy 43rd Earth Day to all of you! And, congratulations to our Earth Day Contest Giveaway winner! We asked you to tell us about a way you try to reduce, reuse or recycle. We received 32 very thoughtful answers. Check out the Contest Post to see all of the responses.
Knowledge is power, right? Take our Earth Day Quiz to see how much you already know!
Earth Day Quiz (adapted from CNN)
1. How many pounds of trash did the United States create, per person, every day in 2010?
A. 1.23 lbs.
B. 3.46 lbs.
C. 4.43 lbs.
Answer: C — Multiply that by 365 days, that’s 1,617 pounds of garbage per person in a year.
2. About 70% of the Earth is covered with water. Only a relatively small amount of it is potentially potable fresh water. How much?
Answer: B — Only 2.5% of water on Earth is fresh water. And 70% of that is locked up in polar ice.
3. Americans use a lot of water! What is the average daily water use of each household?
A. 25 gallons
B. 50 gallons
C. 300 gallons
Answer: C — According to the E.P.A. . Meanwhile, more than 750 million people (more than 10% of the world’s population) don’t have adequate access to drinking water, according to the UN.
4. In the U.S., what percentage of water is used for outdoor purposes (such as watering lawns).
A. About 10%
B. About 30%
C. About 60%
Answer: B — About 30% of U.S. water, both residential and commercial, goes for outdoor use. And up to 50% of that evaporates if you water in the heat of the day, the EPA estimates.
5. Which of the following takes the longest time to break down?
A. Plastic six-pack holder
B. Hard plastic container
C. Disposable diaper
Answer: A — A plastic six-pack holder takes 450 years to disintegrate. Consider the impact of plastic water bottles, which take as long to biodegrade. The International Bottled Water Association says that in the top 10 global markets alone, people consumed more than 61 billion gallons of bottled water in 2011.
6. Which of the following accounts for the greatest percentage of total waste in the United States?
Answer: A — Paper is by far the No. 1 item Americans dispose of. But it is also the most recycled material.
7. How much solid waste does the United States produce in one year?
A. 50 million ton
B. 150 million tons
C. 250 million tons
Answer: C — 250 million tons, says the EPA. That’s more than 1,000 times greater than one of the largest cruise ships in the world.
How did you do on the quiz? Each time I read these statistics I feel encouraged to buy, use, and waste less, especially plastic.
And now back to the Giveaway…
We chose a winner randomly from all of the entries and the WINNER IS: Danielle!
Congratulations, Danielle. We’ll be sending you four beautiful Amici Cresta Quadra glass storage jars with ceramic lids!
Happy Earth Day everyone! Keep up the good work.