Facts

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For anything you choose to green, you’ll find three areas of information: Facts, Tips, and Products. In our Facts sections, we’ve gathered information about the key environmental impacts, controversies, and health concerns around each subject at hand. We hate to pick favorites, but here are some facts currently on our green radar:

energy efficient heaterGreenYour Home heating:
Switching from electric heat to gas cuts your CO2 emissions by 23 tons each year.


hybrid carGreenYour Car driving:
In the US, more than 100 billion gallons of gasoline are burned each year; enough to store in football field-sized tank that would reach 50 miles high.


low flow showerheadGreenYour Shower:
The average household can save almost 8,000 gallons of water per year by installing low-flow showerheads or faucet aerators.


organic cotton jeansGreenYour Jeans:
Cotton farming uses 3% of global farmland but consumes 25% of all agricultural chemicals.


low flow toiletGreenYour Toilet:
Americans flush 5.8 billion gallons of water down the toilet each year, which accounts for about 28% of total home water usage.


energy efficient refrigeratorGreenYour Refrigerator:
Refrigerators are responsible for 8% of a home's energy use, more than any other kitchen appliance.


commuteGreenYour Commute:
Each gallon of gasoline burned releases 20 pounds of CO2, making the transportation sector responsible for about 1/4 of US carbon dioxide emissions.


ecofriendly cat GreenYour Cat:
Eight billion pounds of kitty litter are dumped in American landfills annually. That's twice the amount we throw away in disposable diapers.


dishwashing GreenYour Dishwashing:
The average US dishwasher uses 9 to 12 gallons per load; hand washing uses around 20.


energy efficient air conditioner GreenYour Air conditioning:
Energy used for home air conditioning accounts for almost 5% of all electricity produced in the US.


organic cotton t-shirt GreenYour T-shirt:
Approximately 400 gallons of water are required to produce a single cotton undershirt.


air travel GreenYour Air travel:
Air travel in the US contributes about 10% of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions, or about 2.7% of all US greenhouse gas emissions.