SUSTAINABLE LIVING VS. REALITY
Sustainable living is something that must be done by all of us. The idea is to have all of us join together to lower the use of the natural resources provided by Earth. As a result of sustainable living, those who do it seek to lower their carbon footprint. And, one of the ways is to find better ways to recycle things we no longer need. However, the reality of what is happening is harsh.
According to reporting from the Environmental Protection Agency:
- Annually, there’s 262 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW).
- Textiles represented 16.03M tons and 65.7% of landfills.
- The average American throws out 81 pounds of clothing annually.
According to the same report, the following are benefits of recycling:
- Recycling provides jobs in the U.S. and around the world.
- In the U.S. $36.6 billion in wages was created.
- Recycling produces $6.7 billion in tax revenue in the U.S.
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- According to AT&T, an estimated 100 to 130 million cell phones are no longer being used, many languishing in storage.
- If people were able to reuse those 100 million mobile phones we would save enough energy to power more than 370,000 U.S. homes each year.
- 70% of the global population uses recycled clothing.