Top Five Fun Facts: October

Eric DesRoberts

Eric DesRoberts continues his monthly series of facts and tidbits he’s uncovered during his research to better understand products and packaging. You can also check out his Fun Facts: September.

1. Around 90% of the price of a bottle of water is for things other than the water itself. This includes bottling, packaging, shipping, and marketing. According to the EPA, in the US, the average price of tap water is around $2 per 1,000 gallons.

2. You can repurpose a standard aluminum can to boost your Wi-Fi range. Once you’re done with your Wi-Fi extender, please dispose of it responsibly.

3. Primary energy supply for the world reached 12,267 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 2008, which equates to roughly 143,000 terawatt hours. Check out this interactive map outlining energy use, production, and characteristics for global regions.

4. In 2010, just over 71 million pounds of expanded polystyrene (EPS) was recycled. According to the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers 2010 EPS Recycling Rate Report, 37.1 million pounds of post-consumer EPS was recycled, and 34.2 million pounds of post-industrial EPS was recycled. 2010 marked the year with the lowest amount of EPS sold, in terms of weight, and the highest amount of EPS recycled.

5. A recent article from Sustainable Life Media points out that only 7% of our well-being comes from income. Other key factors to increase well-being are:

  • Connection to friends, family, and community
  • Giving back and volunteering
  • Being physically active
  • Having life goals and continuing to learn
  • Taking noticed and being engaged

What increases your well-being?

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