|Check out some number crunching....some are quite frightening when you come to think about it!
- Average domestic water consumption in the UK = 157 litres per day - but if you include the amount of embedded water within products our water consumption is a shocking 3400 litres every day!
- Average daily cost per household = 81 pence per day
- The roof on an average 4-bed family home captures more than 100,000 litres of rainwater each year
- A typical family uses 70,000 litres of water each year on toilet flushing, clothes washing and outside use
- One third of all water used in the home gets flushed down the toilet
- Rainharvesting can replace up to 50% of a household mains water consumption, and up to 85% on commercial installations
- Collecting rain from your roof reduces surface water by approximately 60% per plot
- Rainwater harvesting in Germany is over 100 times the current use in the UK
- Rainwater harvesting in the UK has increased by approximately 300% in the last two years
- The payback period can be as quick as 3 years on buildings with large roofs and a high non-potable water demand
Look at the water footprint of these products in litres;
- If all the world's drinking water were put in one cubical tank, the tank would measure only 95 miles on each side.
- People currently lacking access to clean drinking water: 1.2 billion.
- % of world's households that must fetch water outside their homes: 67
- % increase in the world's population by mid 21st century: 100
- % increase in the world's drinking water supplies by mid 21st century: 0
- Amount of water Americans use every day: 340 billion gallons.
- Number of gallons of water needed to produce a car: 100,000
- Amount of water annually required by a nuclear reactor: 1.9 cubic miles.
• Amount of water used by nuclear reactors every year: the equivalent of one and a third Lake Eries .
Source: waterwise.org.uk, envireau.co.uk, new internationalist magazine, Der Spiegel, May 25, 1992 ; and Annals of Earth, Vol. 8, Number 2, 1990; Ocean Arks International
- One billion Christmas cards usually end up in bins across the UK . One tree is needed to make about 3,000 cards - source: The Recycling Consortium
- We will use about 8 million Christmas trees, most of which will be thrown away in January, generating over 12,000 tonnes of rubbish - source: The Recycling Consortium
- Councils plough an estimated 78,000 tons of junk mail into landfill every year - source: Guardian 09/12/06
- Recycled paper produces 73% less air pollution than if it was made from raw materials.
- Around 125,000 tonnes of plastic packaging will be thrown away over Christmas - that's the equivalent weight of more than 50,000 polar bears! - source: The Recycling Consortium
- Packaging waste makes up around one quarter of everything we put in our bin, and most of this could also be recycled.
- On average, 16% of the money you spend on a product pays for the packaging, which ultimately ends up as rubbish. - source: www.recycling-guide.org.uk
- Each UK household produces over 1 tonne of rubbish annually, amounting to about 31 million tonnes for the UK each year - source: Waste Watch
- Every year, the average dustbin contains enough unrealised energy for 500 baths, 3500 showers or 5,000 hours of television - source: assurre.org
- 1 recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
- 1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
- 1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours.
- 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.
- Since the 1950s, more than 750 million tons of toxic chemical wastes have been dumped into the environment.
- By the end of the 1980s, production of humanmade synthetic organic chemicals linked to cancer had exceeded 200 billion pounds per year, a hundred-fold increase in only two generations.
- By 1992, in the U.S. alone, over 435 billion pounds of carbon-based synthetic chemicals were being produced.
- In 1994, well over a million tons of toxic chemicals were released into the environment. Of these, 177 million pounds were known or suspected carcinogens.
- There are now about 75,000 chemicals in commercial use, and 3,750 to 7,500 are estimated to be cancer-causing to humans.
- 40% of Americans can expect to contract cancer in their lifetimes.
- 80% of all cancer is attributed to environmental influences.
- Breast cancer rates are thirty times higher in the United States than in parts of Africa .
- Childhood cancers have risen by one third since 1950 and now one in every four hundred Americans can expect to develop cancer before the age of fifteen.
- The U.S. EPA projects that tens of thousands of additional fatal skin cancers will result from the ozone depletion that has already occurred over North America.
- Male fish are being found with female egg sacs, male alligators with shriveled penises, and human male sperm counts are plummeting.
- The average person can now expect to find at least 250 chemical contaminants in his or her body fat.
- Fifty new diseases have emerged since 1950, including Ebola, Lyme's Disease, Hantavirus, and HIV.
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