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Give Yourself A Gift This Earth Day

April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day!
Happy 40th Anniversary Earth Day! Awareness has never been greater.  "Going green" is a concept being embraced by children, schools, businesses, and families. 

For Earth Day’s 40th birthday, give yourself a gift.  Make a commitment to make simple changes that will help you save money, save energy, and save the environment.

Here are some things to think about this Earth Day:


About 70,000 people in the U.S die prematurely from heart and lung disease aggravated by air pollution.

Glass produced from recycled glass instead of raw materials reduces related air pollution by 20%, and water pollution by 50%.

Americans annually use 50 million tons of paper. This equals the consumption of more than 850 million trees.

Homeowners use up to 10 times more toxic chemicals per acre than farmers.

Turning down your central heating thermostat by one degree can cut fuel consumption by as much as 10%.

Insulating your attic reduces the amount of energy loss in most houses by up to 20%.

80% of the world’s forests are gone.

Over 40% of all tropical forests have been destroyed and another acre is lost each second.

The U.S. has less than 4% of its forests left.

The U.S. burns 10,000 gallons of gasoline a second.

An average American creates 4.5 pounds of garbage a day.

Every ton of recycled office paper saves 380 gallons of oil.

40% of our waterways are undrinkable.

The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population and 30% of the waste.

Energy saved from one recycled aluminum can will operate a tv set for 3 hours, and is the equivalent to half a can of gasoline.

The average American uses 25 gallons of toxic and hazardous chemical products each year.  Stock up on these eight natural earth-friendly ingredients and make your own green house cleaners for less:  baking soda, borax, distilled white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, lemons, olive oil, vegetable-based castile soap, and washing soda.

Maid Brigade house cleaning services would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy, and "green" Earth Day!

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