1. How many gallons of water could we save if American households each used 10 gallons less this Thanksgiving?
D, 1,000,000,000. “Running your tap continuously while preparing food or washing dishes wastes water and can use more than two gallons of water every minute your tap is running,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Some tips from the EPA: Scrape dirty dishes rather than using water for the task, and if you’re dishwasher-less, soap up all your dishes, then rinse them at once. Click here for more suggestions.
True. There’s more waste created during this five-week period than any other the entire year. Some of that includes the 2.6 billion cards we send annually, and the ribbon we use, which could wrap around the earth twice. (Source: The Use-Less-Stuff report.)
A, Batteries. According to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), 40 billion single-use batteries were sold in 2006 alone. Instead, why not use rechargeables?
4. How many Christmas trees end up in landfills every year?
A, 30,000,000. But even with this number, the National Christmas Tree Association suggests that real tress are better for the environment than fake trees. Just remember to recycle it after the fact. See the answer to question 5 for more details.
True. There are 4,000 Christmas tree recycling programs across the U.S., according to the National Christmas Tree Association. To find a recycling program near you, click here. If there’s not one near you, here’s some info on how to start one.