The first time any of us celebrated Earth Day was way back in 1970 on April 22nd. It’s estimated that something like 20 million people here in the US participated in events marking the occasion. Now, Earth Day has gone international thanks in part to a UN resolution in 2009, and more than 1 billion people worldwide celebrate it each year on the same date. Listed below are some startling facts and simple ideas that we can use here in Elmhurst to keep the spirit of conservation going all year long.

If everyone who bought a newspaper recycled it, about 250 million trees would be spared annually. In reality, US statistics show that only about 27% of us recycle our newspapers, and about 500,000 trees are cut down each week to produce our Sunday newspapers. What’s more, the amount of all recyclable paper we discard every year amounts to the cutting down of 1 billion trees. Going even further, recycled paper requires about 64% less energy to make than paper produced using virgin wood pulp. For every ton of paper that we recycle, we save 17 trees. Each of us uses the equivalent of seven trees per year in paper, wood, and other tree-based products. Nationwide, this comes out to about 2 billion trees annually.

Nationwide, we use more than 80 billion aluminum soda cans each year. When you recycle just one of them, you save enough energy to watch TV for three hours. Recycling aluminum cans uses just 10% of the energy required to make new ones. Also, an aluminum can needs 500 years to break down in a landfill. Here in America, we discard enough aluminum every year to rebuild the US commercial air fleet four times over. Even something as simple as a Hershey Kiss has an environmental impact – with almost 80 million of them wrapped in aluminum foil every day, that’s enough foil to cover more than 50 acres, or 40 football fields.

Like our friends and neighbors, The Gracik Makinney Group is happy to call Elmhurst home, and we’re dedicated to helping it remain a great place to live. Stop by our office at 190 North York Rd here in Elmhurst, or give us a call at 630-441-5570, and let’s talk about what we can do together to make it your home, too.