From reading newspapers to wrapping presents, we throw away paper everyday without considering the harmful effects paper waste has on our environment. Paper happens to be the third largest industrial polluter to our air, water, and land releasing over 100 million kg of toxic pollution each year. Although reusing and recycling are crucial components to helping save our environment, it is impossible to recycle paper indefinitely.
An average American uses over 700 pounds of paper every year without understanding that paper waste accounts for one of the biggest components of solid waste in our landfills. Here are a few ways you may be creating paper waste without even realizing it:
- Newspaper and magazine subscriptions
- Using paper plates
- Wrapping gifts
- Printing out documents
- Using napkins and paper towels
- Packing lunches
- Grocery store bags
With paper products also comes deforestation. 93% of our paper comes from trees, and each tree that is cut down has the potential to produce enough oxygen for three people to breathe. Each year we lose 18 million acres of forest, the equivalent to 20 football fields every single minute. If we keep destroying our forests and producing this much paper waste, it will take less than 100 years to completely destroy every rainforest on Earth.
By using and reusing cloth bags you will minimize the amount of paper consumption and paper waste that negatively affects our environment. Our reusable gift bags can help you accomplish this—sold in a variety of sizes, EAGL Gift Bags serve multiple purposes, especially saving our environment and keeping solid paper waste out of landfills.