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Upcycled Gifts offer educational programs in the schools to help children understand that "green living" is more than a chore. We focus on the creative and monetary benefits of looking at things ...

Upcycled Gifts offer educational programs in the schools to help children understand that "green living" is more than a chore. We focus on the creative and monetary benefits of looking at things differently.



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  • The average grave site is 4’x12’ or 48 square feet.
  • The equivalent of 52,800 square feet.
  • You can help by recycling and sorting your family’s trash. But your efforts can go way beyond an inconvenient chore.
  • Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour. Americans drink more bottled water than any other nation, purchasing an impressive 29 billion bottles every year. Making all the plastic for those bottles uses 17 million barrels of crude oil annually. That is equivalent to the fuel needed to keep 1 million vehicles on the road for 12 months. If you were to fill one quarter of a plastic water bottle with oil, you would be looking at roughly the amount used to produce that bottle. Bottled water can cost anywhere from 240 to 10,000 times more than tap water, which is brought right to your home for pennies a gallon. Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator. Five plastic bottles (PET) recycled provides enough fiber to create one square feet of carpet or enough fiber fill to fill one ski jacket. Recycling one ton of plastic bottles saves the equivalent energy usage of a two person household for one year.
  • A modern glass bottle would take 4000 years or more to decompose -- and even longer if it's in the landfill. More than 28 billion glass bottles and jars end up in landfills every year -- that is the equivalent of filling up two Empire State Buildings every three weeks. Mining and transporting raw materials for glass produces about 385 pounds of waste for every ton of glass that is made. If recycled glass is substituted for half of the raw materials, the waste is cut by more than 80%. Glass can be recycled and re-manufactured an infinite amount of times and never wear out. Recycling just one glass jar saves enough electricity to light an 11 watt CFL bulb for 20 hours.
  • The U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually. Plastic bags are made of polyethylene which is a petroleum product.  Production contributes to air pollution and energy consumption.  It takes 1000 years for polyethylene bags to break down.  Plastic bags are typically made from oil, a non-renewable resource. Every time a plastic is recycled, it loses strength and is downgraded. Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year.
  • Americans throw away enough office paper each year to build a 12 foot high wall from Virginia Beach to the Pacific Ocean.(a new wall every year). It takes one 15 year old tree to make 700 paper grocery bags. Recycling a stack of newspaper just 3 feet high saves one tree. The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years. If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we could save about 25 million trees each year. It takes 500,00 trees to publish the Sunday edition of our newspapers. Recycling a single Sunday’s worth of the paper could save 75,000 trees. Every year nearly 900,000,000 trees are cut down to provide raw materials for American paper and pulp mills. More than 37% of the fiber used to make new paper products in the U.S. comes from recycled sources. Making paper from recycled paper reduces the related contribution to air pollution 95%.
  • The gift card is the #1 most-requested gift (clothing is #2) There’s approximately $30 billion in unused gift cards The average household sits on $300 in unused gift cards Just 100 gift cards weighs 1 pound 1.75 ounces A whopping 75 million pounds of polyvinyl chloride (PVC a toxic substance) material from plastic cards enters America's waste stream every year.
  • Every three months, Americans throw enough aluminum in the landfills to build our nation’s entire commercial air fleet. An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now! We use over 80,000,000,000 aluminum soda cans every year. The average person has the opportunity to recycle more than 25,000 cans in a lifetime. Recycling a single aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours. The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) estimates that the 36 billion aluminum cans landfilled last year had a scrap value of more than $600 million. Over the past twenty years we've worth over $12 billion on today's market. Some day we may be mining our landfills for the resources we've buried. It requires 95% less energy and water to recycle a can than it does to create a can from virgin materials. A used aluminum can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf as a new can, in as little as 60 days.

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  • 1. upcycled giftsIt’s EasyIt’s EasyBeing GreenBeing Green(and fun too!)(and fun too!)
  • 2. upcycled giftsupcycling – the process ofconverting waste materials oruseless products into newmaterials or products of betterquality or a higherenvironmental value.
  • 3. upcycled giftsEach day Americansproduce enough trash toequal the weight of theEmpire State Buildingin New York City.
  • 4. upcycled gifts7,300,000 poundsof trash EVERY DAY51,100,000 poundsof trash EVERY WEEK2,657,200,000 poundsof trash EVERY YEAR
  • 5. upcycled giftsIf everyone lived like us–we would need4 more Earths to provideenough resources.
  • 6. upcycled giftsWho? Me?I didn’t doanything!
  • 7. upcycled giftsWhen you die, it will take onespace in the cemetery to buryyour body.
  • 8. upcycled giftsIt would take 1,100 more spaces toIt would take 1,100 more spaces tobury the trash you will produce asbury the trash you will produce asan average American.an average American.
  • 9. upcycled giftsYou can makeYou can makea difference.a difference.
  • 11. upcycled giftsBe aWaste Captainat your home!You can help by recycling and sorting your family’strash. But your efforts can go way beyond aninconvenient chore.
  • 12. upcycled gifts•Americans use 2,500,000plastic bottles every hour.•Americans purchase animpressive 29 billion bottlesevery year.•Making the plastic for thosebottles uses 17 million barrelsof crude oil annually.•That is enough fuel to keep 1million vehicles on the road for12 months.•If you were to fill one quarterof a plastic water bottle with oil,you would be looking atroughly the amount used toproduce that bottle.
  • 13. upcycled gifts
  • 14. upcycled gifts•A modern glass bottle wouldtake 4000 years or more todecompose -- and evenlonger if its in the landfill.•More than 28 billion glassbottles and jars end up inlandfills every year -- that isthe equivalent of filling up twoEmpire State Buildings everythree weeks.•Glass can be recycled andre-manufactured an infiniteamount of times and neverwear out.
  • 15. upcycled gifts
  • 16. upcycled gifts•The U.S. goes through 100billion plastic shopping bagsannually.•Plastic bags are made ofpolyethylene which is apetroleum product.•It takes 1000 years forpolyethylene bags to breakdown.•Every time a plastic isrecycled, it loses strength andis downgraded.•Plastic bags and other plasticgarbage thrown into the oceankill as many as 1,000,000 seacreatures every year.
  • 17. upcycled gifts
  • 18. upcycled gifts•Americans throw away enoughoffice paper each year to builda 12 foot high wall from VirginiaBeach to the Pacific Ocean•It takes one 15 year old tree tomake 700 paper grocery bags.•Recycling a stack of papersjust 3 feet high saves one tree.•The amount of wood andpaper we throw away eachyear is enough to heat50,000,000 homes for 20years.•If every American recycled justone-tenth of their newspapers,we could save about 25 milliontrees each year.
  • 19. upcycled gifts
  • 20. upcycled gifts•The gift card is the #1 most-requested gift (clothing is #2)•There’s approximately $30billion in unused gift cards•The average household sitson $300 in unused gift cards•A whopping 75 millionpounds of polyvinyl chloride(PVC a toxic substance)material from plastic cardsenters Americas wastestream every year.
  • 21. upcycled gifts
  • 22. upcycled gifts•Every three months,Americans throw enoughaluminum in the landfills tobuild our nation’s entirecommercial air fleet.•The average person has theopportunity to recycle morethan 25,000 cans in alifetime.•The 36 billion aluminumcans landfilled last year hada scrap value of more than$600 million. Over the pasttwenty years weve worthover $12 billion on todaysmarket.
  • 23. upcycled gifts