Earth Day: April 22

This year marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day which was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. It originated in the United States as a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment.  Earth day became recognized worldwide in 1990.


Below are some interesting facts that might inspire you to make steps towards living a greener life:

  • Garbage in a landfill remains there for about 30 years
  • Each person throws away approximately 4 pounds of garbage per day
  • One bus carries as many people as 40 cars
  • Most families throw away about 88 pounds of plastic per year
  • Every pound of paper that is recycled save 17 trees
  • 84% of household waste can be recycled
  • Plastic and aluminum cans take 500 years to breakdown
  • Organic materials, cotton, rags and paper take 6 months to breakdown

Sources: PlanetPals, GreenPeace

Other Information: Earth Day Network