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Uncommon Knowledge: Does recycling only look good on paper?

April 21, 2013

Actually, recycling looks very good on paper. According to the EPA, every year Americans consume 71 million tons of paper and paper packaging, but more than 60% of that is being recycled. Recycled paper fiber is such an efficient way of making paper that it requires only 60% as much energy, let alone other resources. For every ton of recycled paper produced, 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water and 380 gallons of oil are saved—along with enough electricity to power an American family for six months!

Paper bag – Kim Smith, $125

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