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Uncommon Knowledge: Does recycling only look good on paper?

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!

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Written by Nathan

Nathan is a copywriter, who helps create our product descriptions as well as our weekly emails. He is also a nationally award-winning musical theater writer, whose work includes an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver. Nathan has also been a classical violinist, tutored Kazakhstani jewelers in entrepreneurship, created large-scale games played across entire city blocks, served as a missionary in South Korea, conducted experiments in sonoluminescence, co-founded an exotic fruit-growing business, was a theater critic for Tucson Weekly, and as a teenager composed a women’s jazz quartet that is currently performed around the world.

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