Many Americans make strides to help the environment. You likely recycle, use energy efficient light bulbs or buy local products to cut down on pollution caused by transporting food.
Seventy-nine percent of consumers consider themselves eco-friendly, and try to do small things to improve the environment. But, the planet is in so much trouble that small efforts might not be good enough.
Why aren't Americans doing more? The truth is, most of us can't see the harm we’re doing to the environment. If it's out of sight, it's out of mind.
It's time for a reality check. Take a look at the slideshow below to see what's actually happening to the planet.
Not all solid waste gets recycled
Just 33% of the 429 million tons of municipal solid waste that's produced in a year gets recycled. What's not recycled often ends up in landfills.
What You Can Do: Reuse and refill plastic bottles
Recycling education is not helping
Recycling rates have remained stagnant for the last 20 years, despite billions of dollars on marketing and educational campaigns.
What You Can Do: Help spread the word on the importance of recycling
Cities don't provide info
Research shows many communities and municipalities don't provide recycling information, making it difficult for residents to recycle properly. Improperly recycled materials typically end up in a landfill.
What You Can Do: Contact your local government about getting information out
Curbside recyling is not automatic
Only 53% of the U.S. population has curbside recycling available automatically. Without recycling options, many residents haul their garbage to a landfill or burn it in their backyard.
What You Can Do: If you don't have a program, contact your local government and help get a program in place
Toxic chemicals are being released
Americans who burn their garbage in the backyard release a harmful amount of toxic chemicals that settle on crops, infect waterways and can impact your health.
What You Can Do: Instead of burning, recycle and reuse as much as possible and properly dispose of the rest.
Homeowners use chemicals that are ten times more toxic per acre than the amount used by farmers.
What You Can Do: Use a more environmentally friendly cleaner or make your own from natural items
Global warming emissions
In total, the US transportation sector—which includes cars, trucks, planes, trains, ships, and freight—produces nearly 30% of all U.S. global warming emissions.
What You Can Do: Minimize the amount you drive as much as possible, instead use public transportation, walk, or bike. When it is time to buy a new car look for a efficient one
The time to ACT is NOW!
Sign the Petition
The technology exists to save tons of plastic waste each year by refilling household goods like laundry soap and shampoo. Sign our petition to let big retailers know that you want access to refill technology in your local stores.