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Green Facts for Consumers is dedicated to providing everyday people information about the products and natural resources they use on a daily basis. These facts provide invaluable insight not only into how the use of products impact consumers' wallets, but the environment as a whole.

Rare Earth Metals

Rare Earth Metals

You may not realize it, but the average American has become highly dependent on Rare Earth Metals for many aspects of their daily life.  However, the future availability of these metals may be at risk due to a variety of factors including consumption rates of an increasing global middle class as well as geopolitics.

Is heating water really the biggest laundry impact?

Is heating water really the biggest laundry impact?

No. While cold water detergents do help reduce environmental impacts, refraining from placing clothes in the dryer can provide big environmental benefits. Why?

Who consumes the most electricity in the United States?

Who consumes the most electricity in the United States?

The average consumer. Residental power use accounts for 39.6% of electricity use, but that hasn't always been the case.

What is the largest contributor to waste in the typical American garbage can?

What is the largest contributor to waste in the typical American garbage can?

Paper and packaging materials. It accounts for roughly 31% of all waste Americans send to the landfill. Close behind is another contributor to household waste that may surprise you.
 

How much do we waste daily?

How much do we waste daily?

The average person generates 4.3 pounds of waste per day. This is 1.6 pounds more than most produced back in 1960. Where does it all go?