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5 RecycleBank Points - Because You Asked: Why Do Recycled Products Cost More?

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Thanks OP!

And, here's the official RB thread, if anyone wants to subscribe and never miss any RB news:
http://slickdeals.net/f/1757442-official-recyclebank-codes-and-discussion-thread
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Still, recycled-content products are better for the environment — even with all those extra steps, they still save resources and energy, and generate fewer greenhouse gas emissions, compared to their non-recycled counterparts.
This is true for metal, glass and some plastics. Absolutely false for paper.

"But it saves a treeeeeeee!" Comes up every single time. Yeah. A tree we planted. In farms. Then replant as soon as it's cut so they can cut it down again later. Just think of all the lettuce you'd save from demise if you stopped eating salad.

Some people who watch too many Saturday Morning Cartoons have convinced themselves that wood pulp is harvested from old-growth rainforests in Brazil. Not even remotely true. The rainforests were cut down by the Brazilians to grow corn for American ethanol, that we needed for all that "environmentally-better gasoline." (Oops...)
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This is true for metal, glass and some plastics. Absolutely false for paper.

"But it saves a treeeeeeee!" Comes up every single time. Yeah. A tree we planted. In farms. Then replant as soon as it's cut so they can cut it down again later. Just think of all the lettuce you'd save from demise if you stopped eating salad.

Some people who watch too many Saturday Morning Cartoons have convinced themselves that wood pulp is harvested from old-growth rainforests in Brazil. Not even remotely true. The rainforests were cut down by the Brazilians to grow corn for American ethanol, that we needed for all that "environmentally-better gasoline." (Oops...)
I may be mistake, but you seem to be making a case against the need to recycle paper???

- First off, not all paper comes from trees farms.
- Then, tree farms themselves - commercial forestry - have their own environmental impact. A tree farm isn't a forest - in terms of biodiversity, wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration, etc.
- Manufacturing recycled paper takes up less energy and resources because it's already been processed once.
- And, probably most importantly, using recycled paper, diverts a viable resource from the waste stream.

Lots going on here.
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