SAVE THE EARTH
REDUCE•REUSE•RECYCLE

Every year on April 22, for the last 51 years, we have been coming together as an entire global entity to recognize the need to preserve Earth's resources and care for the environment.

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After a devastating oil spill on the West Coast in 1969, which plagued the coastlines with over 3 million gallons of spilled oil, Earth Day came into existence. Earth Day is all about celebrating the sacred place where we live: EARTH! It's a day that brings awareness to pollution worldwide and the importance of keeping the Earth clean and reducing waste.

Texas' favorite grocery store H-E-B does its part every Earth Day. This Earth Day, they have announced they will be giving away 200,000 reusable bags throughout their stores around Texas. Their website states that "On April 22, beginning at 1 p.m. customers who visit any H-E-B in Texas can get their complimentary Earth Day bag while supplies last."

Continuing their efforts, H-E-B disclosed they had contributed more than $13 million to over 500 environmental organizations since 2012. Their numbers will continue to steadily rise as they have joined the How2Recycle program to help strengthen and reinforce recycling efforts across the Lone Star State.

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According to H-E-B, How2Recycle labels are already on hundreds of H-E-B branded products, including H-E-B, Hill Country Fare, H-E-B Select Ingredients, H-E-B Organics, and Central Market. Their goal is to have 1,500 H-E-B branded items clearly tagged with the program's labels by the end of the year.

H-E-B really is going all out. According to their press release, in 2020 recycled more than 527 million pounds of cardboard, plastics, office paper, food waste, metal, and truck tires. This business has always looked out for Texans and set an example for the rest of grocery store chains, but now they up'd their game and have proved they can do just as much good for the entire world.

LOOK: Stunning vintage photos capture the beauty of America's national parks

Today these parks are located throughout the country in 25 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The land encompassing them was either purchased or donated, though much of it had been inhabited by native people for thousands of years before the founding of the United States. These areas are protected and revered as educational resources about the natural world, and as spaces for exploration.

Keep scrolling for 50 vintage photos that show the beauty of America's national parks.

 

READ ON: See the States Where People Live the Longest

Stacker used data from the 2020 County Health Rankings to rank every state's average life expectancy from lowest to highest. The 2020 County Health Rankings values were calculated using mortality counts from the 2016-2018 National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. Census 2019 American Community Survey and America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2019 data were also used to provide demographics on the senior population of each state and the state's rank on senior health care, respectively.

Read on to learn the average life expectancy in each state.