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Unformatted text preview: Janet Larsen, Earth Policy Institute On average, 75 percent of the electricity used by
home electronics is consumed while the
products are not in use.
U.S. Department of Energy Since 1950, as many as 90 percent of the
ocean’s largest fish have disappeared.
Meyers & Worm, Nature Scientific Journal This “phantom energy” costs Americans more
than $5.8 million annually.
Union of Concerned Scientists Textiles
Global retail sales of organic cotton are
projected at $2.6 billion by the end of 2008,
reflecting a 116 percent average annual growth
Organic Exchange Walmart’s Sustainability Strategy (A) OIT-71A WASTE NETWORKS
Operations & Procurement
Every day in the U.S., for each garbage can
placed on the curb, the equivalent of 71 cans is
generated by industrial processes.
GrassRoots Recycling Network
Recycling 35 percent of our trash would save
enough energy to fuel 6 million homes and
reduce the equivalent of 36 million cars worth of
greenhouse gas emissions annually.
White House Task Force on Recycling
The global market for packaging is estimated at
World Packaging Organization
One-third of all municipal solid waste in the
U.S. is packaging wastethe largest of any
segment. That’s 800 pounds of packaging per
Dan Immhoff, Paper or Plastic
Every day the earth absorbs more solar energy
than the total amount of energy the planet’s
population would consume in 27 years.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
In the U.S., the energy needed to operate
buildings accounts for roughly one-third of all
energy use and more than 35 percent of all
Sustainable Energy Coalition
Half of the electricity in the U.S. is generated
by burning coal.
Energy Information Agency
Power plants are the nation’s industrial source of
global warming pollution.
U.S. Public Interest Research Group p. 28 Global Logistics
Nearly 100 years ago, the Ford Model T
averaged 25 mpg. In 2004, American passenger
cars averaged 20.8 miles per gallon.
Source not cited
If the U.S. raised car fuel economy by an
average of 2.7 mpg, the amount of oil saved
would equate to 100 percent of the imports fr...
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