Did you know that in 2010, each person created 4.43 pounds of trash in the United States? That may not seem like a lot, but if you multiply it by 365 days, that’s 1,617 pounds of garbage per person over a year. Plastics are one of the top things thrown away and are the least recycled. 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.
You can take this quiz to calculate your ecological footprint.If you feel alarmed by how much needs to be done, watch this video from the Mother Nature Network to see how far we’ve come since the first Earth Day in 1970. I’m sure that just about every city in the country is doing something in honor of Earth Day. Watch your local news station to see what you can do to help. Or, if anything, stop and pick up trash on the way to your lunch break. It will make you feel better.