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Five Friday Facts – No Impact Man

Posted on the 25 February 2011 by 2ndgreenrevolution @2ndgreenrev

Five Friday Facts – No Impact ManIn the fall of 2009 I saw No Impact Man in the theater (read the review here). Later that year my sister gave my wife and me a copy of the book. Here are some of the facts culled from an intermittent reading of No Impact Man:

  • 4.8 million tons (10 billion pounds) of disposable paper products into landfills every year
  • Nine football fields of trees mowed down per minute in the Amazon
  • 4-5 trillion plastic bags in trash per year worldwide
  • 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of ocean
  • Of all raw materials taken from the earth to make consumer products, only 1.5% ends up with consumers; 98.5% goes straight to landfill or incinerator without ever being used by us.

[Image source: Metropolitan Museum of Art]

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