Episode 6, March 9, 2015
This is the Go Green Report for March 9, 2015. The Go Green Report is here to help you take small steps towards living green. This episode is brought to you by Control-n-Roll, a household aperroduct that helps you save toilet paper and paper towels with every pull. To find out more, visit ControlnRoll.com
Toilet paper manufacturer Scott has recently begun to market toilet paper rolls with the cardboard tube removed. This move is aimed to help reduce the problem of home-bound paper waste. Scott’s parent company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation claims that 17 billion cardboard cardboard tubes wind up in landfills every year.
This move is seen as a positive step in the ongoing effort to reduce household waste, which has been a increasing concern of recent history. Reuseit.com reports that tissue and paper towels contributed nearly 3.5 million tons of waste to landfills in the United States in 2008. The pulp and paper industry is the fourth largest emitter of greenhouse gases among manufacturing industries. And, according to thegreenteam.org, Americans use more than 580 pounds of paper every year per person.
The amount of trash buried in landfills has doubled since the 1960’s, and this growing strain on our nation has become a serious problem.
Scott’s new campaign has the potential to make a huge impact on this. According to Care2.org, if this move were to set a trend for other major toilet paper manufacturers, it could reduce household paper waste by as much as 55 pounds per person, per year.
Among the avenues for change, recycling remains one of the most effective. Due to various promotional campaigns, recycling has become more and more common over the last few decades. In fact, the amount of paper that has been recovered through recycling has increased by around 100% since 1987. Over 268 million Americans now have access to paper recycling programs in their homes. Waste Management, the largest waste and recycling company in the country recently claimed that the company is “well on its way to achieving our goal to manage more than 20 million tons of recyclable materials per year by 2020.”
Recycling is also becoming more and more successful, as China.org recently reported that China is making great strides in reducing its carbon footprint, having become the world’s biggest importer of recycled materials, as it strives to support the material demands of its rapidly growing infrastructure.
Considering the potential impact that it could have, recycling is something that we should all commit ourselves to. 60% of the waste that gets thrown away in American homes is recyclable, and each ton of paper that is recycled can save over 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s website offers a quick explanation on the details of recycling; what options are available, what types of things can be recycled, and things of that nature. Treehugger.com also published a list of 10 ways to improve your recycling. You can find this list on their website.
Goodguide.com offers product reviews based on scientific ratings of paper products. They highlight products made out of recycled materials and through conscious processes
Also, our generous supporters, Control-n-Roll offers a product that can help reduce paper waste in your home by helping you control how much toilet paper and paper towels come off of the roll when you or your family members need it.
These and other tools can make reducing household paper waste a reality in your and your family’s lives.
This episode is brought to you by Control-n-Roll, a household product that helps you save toilet paper and paper towels with every pull
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