Shopping is fun, but the more we buy, the more waste we produce. Understand how what you purchase leads to more pollution with this infographic. Then, take our quiz below to find out how many plastic bottles are thrown out every hour and more facts about consumerism and waste in America.
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Consumerism is a concept based on what people_______.
Purchase. Consumerism is the idea that people will continue to buy more things in greater amounts.
Every hour, how many plastic bottles are thrown out?
2.5 million plastic bottle are thrown out every hour. Because plastic is more difficult to recycle than aluminum, only 27 percent of those are recycled.
Every ____ , 20,000 cars are gotten rid of.
Every day, 20,000 cars are sold, sent to the scrap heap or otherwise gotten rid of. In 2008, there were 137,079,843 cars on the road in the United States. That’s a lot of cars on road that people will eventually want to get rid of.
Americans spend $8 billion annually on cosmetics. How much money is spent each year globally on basic education?
$6 billion U.S. dollars are spent each year on basic education around the world, according to GlobalIssues.org
Americans make up 5 percent of the world’s population. How much of the worlds waste are we responsible for?
Even though there are only about 300,000,000 Americans (about 5 percent of the world’s population), we create between 25 and 30 percent of the worlds waste, according to PlanetThoughts.org
If people in other countries throw away as much stuff as Americans do, how big would the earth have to be to support all of the people and all of the waste?
The earth would have to be four times bigger to accommodate everyone and their garbage.
Every second, 2,000 of these recyclable products are opened. Name the product.
Every second, 2,000 soda cans are popped open. According to the Can Manufacturers Institute, about half of those are recycled, which is great. But what about the other half?
I never recycle. It is much easier to just throw everything in the trash. LOL
Its rather sad that we are using so much trash and yet we do nothing about it, and as Reddit has been telling us for years: “America, land of the free, trash”
I think that the people of our country, and the rest of the world should be more consious of what they throw away. Maybe before they throw something away, they could think “Can I recycle this?” Or before they buy something, they could think of how much trash, and money it could save you in the long run.
Hard to believe Americans buy more make up than the whole world spends on basic education. Americans should work on changing those numbers. The majority of our class recycles. Our goal is for 100% of our class to recycle one day.
Never going to happen, unless it’s a law, but then there will always be people who break laws.
I love the environment so much!!!! <3 <3 we need to save it and preserve it for others by not throwing away everything and putting it to good use!
I think the whole thing based around how the Americans are “wasteful” and the whole quiz was based around how wasteful ONLY Americans are was terrible. A lot of people whether you are in America or not think “You’re American, you’re automatically a terrible person.” And that is what upsets me…
I think that we should just recycle, it is more cost effective and doesn’t hurt our earth as bad. We can also even turn trash into electricity using some types of power plant where they burn things from parades and other celebrations that are left behind.
The answer for the question is 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour which is very bad cause it takes plastic bottle is 450 years!!! And with that much plastic bottles in the land fill the whole earth might be deep in thrash and waste if we don’t recycle.
The answer for the question is 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour! Which is very sad how much recyclable stuff is thrown out each hour in the US.
we are just really walking on trash and thats gross so REUSE what you are using. Dont throw-out a bottle put a diffrent drink in it.
I want to live a waste free lifestyle, Does eating my own buggers, so I don’t use kleenex count?
that is a good idea to put all your trash in a mason jar.
I think it is sad that people spend all their lives learning about recycling from the news and school or even from other people. People should start recycling at a young age. If they grow up knowing that recycling is a good thing, maybe the world will last longer
it is easy to reuse simple things and buy recyclables to help the earth. next time you finish with a plastic bottle reuse it people, ITS THAT SIMPLE. If you go camping bring your trash paper and burn it in the camp fire. just do easy stuff like that.
We can do more with plastic bottles and soda cans. If we reuse all the plastic water bottles that we buy there won’t be as much trash than there is now. We can make different projects out of different recyclables.
Wow people need to take care of the world am I right or am I right
why have a trash can if you don’t throw stuff away
I think people should care more about what people throw out. Like, seriously you can use a plastic water bottle more than ounce and how do you like knowing you are walking trash right now that’s nasty. Just saying so think about that before you throw away another plastic water bottle or something that affects the world in a bad way.
I think 6 million cause a lot of people throw a lot of trash