If everyone in the U.S. recycled one Sunday paper, how many trees would be saved each week?
Congratulations to this week's winner Maggie, who answered this quiz challenge correctly and will receive an EarthShare reusable bag and other fun environmental goodies.
550,000 - That’s how many could be saved if each of us recycled our Sunday paper each week. Just think how many trees we could save if we recycled the other six days worth of news? Luckily, newspaper is one of the easiest materials to reuse and recycle.
Despite predictions that the internet would kill print media, annual circulation of newspapers around the world has reached 24 billion. And while newspapers have been used for centuries to spread news and information to communities big and small, their impact on the environment has also grown.
You can minimize the carbon impact of your daily paper by recycling what you have. You might be surprised to learn that the average newspaper contains about 30 percent recycled fiber content. Thus, recycling your daily paper essentially pays it forward to a future edition. Furthermore, the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) reports that recycled newspapers are also used to make every day items like:
Companies like Purina are even using recycled newspaper to create environmentally- and pet-friendly litter and bedding for cats and small animals.
Thanks to municipal recycling projects and initiatives, recycling yesterday’s news has become easier and more prevalent than ever before. Earth911 reports that as of 2006, newspapers are recycled at a rate of 88 percent.
Be a part of the recycling revolution by reusing your newspaper (for gift wrap or packing valuables) or tossing your unused paper into the recycling bin rather than the trash. If your neighborhood doesn’t already have a scheduled recycling pickup, visit Earth911 to find a recycling center near you.
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