Did You Know? Countdown to Earth Day 2009 (04/19)

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Did You Know?
Facts & Figures about
Celebrating and
Saving Mother Earth

April 19 : 03 days till Earth Day

Did you know that up to 1 trillion plastic bags are used in America every single year?

That’s one million bags per minute or 326 plastic bags per person per year. Less than 20% of those bags make it to a recycling center.

Did you know that Americans use well over 2 billion gallons of oil each year to produce its plastic bags?

In 2001, Ireland passed a tax on plastic bags and saw a 90% reduction in their consumption. San Francisco recently passed a ban on plastic bags.

Earth Day is a day to both celebrate the environmental victories of the past and to reflect on the many remaining opportunities for improvement. Whether you celebrate Earth Day by attending a rally, signing a petition or switching to highly efficient light bulbs, make an effort to be mindful of the original vision for this day: to serve as a national learn-in for the sake of the environment.

Join our Earth Day celebration as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Earth Day on April 22nd!

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