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Recycling One Aluminum Can Will Power a Laptop for More Than Five Hours

And other facts you should probably know.
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Aluminum Can photo by Michael Bednarek/Shutterstuck

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Hours a day the average American spends online with a computer: 2.31

Hours a laptop could be powered from the energy saved by recycling one aluminum can: 5.22

Aluminum cans recycled in 2012: 62 billion

Aluminum cans shipped by the U.S. Aluminum Industry in 2012: 92 billion


Years since the first cell phone call: 40

Percentage of Americans who can’t imagine living without their cell phones: 29

Percentage of American adults who text who admitted to texting while driving in 2010: 47

Number of Americans that died in driving accidents due to cell phone use in 2012: 3,328


Total number of bacteria species found in a study of 60 belly buttons: 2,368

Range of number of bacteria species found in those 60 belly buttons: 29–107


Pieces of mail processed by the United States Postal Service in 2012: 160 billion

Miles driven by United States Postal Service letter carriers and truck drivers annually: 1.3 billion

Number of career people employed by the United States Postal Service in 2012: 522,144

Tax money paid to the United States Postal Service for operations in 2012: $0


Percentage of global GMO crops produced in the United States: 69.5

Countries other than the United States requiring GMO food labels: 64


Daily calories recommended for adults with moderate activity: 2,300

Estimated calories consumed daily by average adult American in 2000: 2,700

Number of Americans who are chronically hungry: 18 million

Estimated number of people who could be fed entirely by surplus calories of

Americans aged 18–64: 33.8 million


Average number of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island annually from 1892–1924: 375,000

Average number of immigrants deported annually during President Barack Obama’s first term: 382,500

Estimated number of unauthorized immigrants in the United States in 2012: 11.7 million


Families made homeless by flooding and other damage after Hurricane Katrina: 600,000

U.S. cities expected to be affected by sea level rise in 2050: 315

Mayors who signed the “Resilient Communities for America” agreement for climate preparedness: 78


Miles Becker and Christine St. Pierre wrote this article for Education Uprising: The New Rebels Taking Back Our Public Schools, the Spring 2014 issue of YES! Magazine. Miles and Christine are editorial interns.

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