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Facts about Amurican consumerism

Submitted by ziq in DeathToAmurica (edited )

  1. The average American uses 300 shopping bags worth of raw materials every week, an amount of food that weighs as much as a large car.

  2. We would need the resources of 3 planets for everyone on Earth to live an “American” lifestyle.

  3. People in the U.S. spend 3-4 times the amount of time shopping than people in Europe.

  4. Americans use 1/3 of the world's paper, 1/4 of the oil, 23% of the coal, 27% of the aluminum, and 19% of the copper.

  5. 99% of the stuff people in North America buy is trashed within 6 months after purchase.

  6. The average American office worker disposes of 100-200 pounds of office paper annually.

  7. On average, Americans eat 815 billion calories of food each day - roughly 200 billion more than needed and enough to feed 80 million people in other parts of the world.

  8. Americans throw out 200,000 tons of edible food daily.

  9. The average American buys 53 times as many products as someone in China.

  10. Americans drive about as many miles as the rest of the world combined.

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