Paper Recycling and what it means to our everyday lives
There are just so many reasons to recycle paper, yet everyday millions of Americans just throw it in the trash and don’t give it a second thought. Here is a startling statistic I came across in Sophie Uliano’s book Gorgeously Green (one of my many Eco Heroes!!):
- Paper makes up a third of all waste that Americans send to landfills
- More than nine large trees worth of paper are sent to each U.S. home, and the response rate is less than 2%
- Every year, more than 100 million trees are chopped down for junk mail that we didn’t even want in the first place
These statistics are truly amazing, and really gets one to think about all of the unnecessary paper that we have in our households, and all of the the junk mail that comes our way. However, the great news is that recycling can help with this problem:
Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees, 6,953 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil, 587 pounds of air pollution, 3.06 cubic yards of landfill space, and 4,077 kilowatt hours of energy.
In the next few blogs we will be researching ways to help cut down on your paper consumption, and how to eliminate unwanted junk mail that comes into our homes every week! The average family receives only 1.5 letters each week, compared to 10.8 pieces of junk mail (Native Forest Network). How crazy is that? No wonder our landfills are polluting groundwater!
The great news is that there are organizations such as www.greendimes.com and www.junkbusters.com that can help you reduce the amount of junk mail your receive everyday. In addition, we will be bringing you some more paper saving tips and recycling tips in our upcoming blogs. Stay tuned!