“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.” ~Psalm 24:1-2
The earth belongs to God, but he gave us the responsibility of caring for it.
“Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” ~Genesis 1:28
Next week, Wednesday, April 22, is Earth Day. Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
One year on Earth Day, I helped plant 200 trees. It felt good. One thing I like about paper is that it is a renewable resource. I believe that authors and publishers, in particular, should be invested in ensuring that we are renewing this wonderful resource.
In honor of Earth Day, I thought I would share some paper recycling facts. As publishers and authors, we use lots of paper. Our books are printed on paper. Our catalogs, business cards, and bookmarks are made of paper.
So, together, let’s do our part to preserve our environment by reusing, reducing, and recycling.
- The average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood, and other products made from trees. This amounts to about 2,000,000,000 trees per year!
- Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S.
- Each ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7000 gallons of water. This represents a 64% energy savings, a 58% water savings, and 60 pounds less of air pollution!
- The 17 trees saved (above) can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year. Burning that same ton of paper would create 1500 pounds of carbon dioxide.
- The construction costs of a paper mill designed to use waste paper is 50 to 80% less than the cost of a mill using new pulp.
- If you had a 15-year-old tree and made it into paper grocery bags, you’d get about 700 of them. A busy supermarket could use all of them in under an hour! This means in one year, one supermarket can go through over 6 million paper bags! Imagine how many supermarkets there are just in the United States!
Let’s all do our part and renew a commitment to reuse, reduce, and recycle for Earth Day 2020.
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