Fun Facts About Going Green

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Going green can involve a lot of changes in your lifestyle, from using rechargeable batteries and more energy-efficient light bulbs to recycling more and cutting down on the number of trips you take in the car.

Recycling Toner Cartridges

  • By recycling just one ink and toner cartridge, you can save two and a half pounds of metal and plastic from the landfill and half a gallon of oil that would otherwise be used to make a new cartridge for your printer, according to Office Depot.

Saving Water

  • Stopping a dripping faucet, which can often be done just by replacing a washer, can save a household around 2,700 gallons of water a year if the water is dripping at around one drop per second, according to National Geographic Kids.

Recycling Paper

  • Every one ton of mixed recycling paper that is recycled saves the equivalent of 185 gallons of gas, according to Resourceful Schools. The organization also notes that 36 percent of the fiber used in new paper products comes from recycled paper.

Energy Efficiency

  • One of the largest power plants in the U.S. could be shut down if every household in the U.S. replaced just one 60-watt light bulb with a LED (light-emitting diodes) bulb, according to Michigan Solar Solutions.

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