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Seventeen. That is how many paper items I put in the recycling bin yesterday.

That included a magazine, a newspaper, four pieces of junk mail, a price tag off a new coat, a copy of a bill I had paid, a note saying we needed milk, a cash register receipt for the milk, a paper bag from McDonald’s, a paper egg carton, two used envelopes, an empty cereal box, an empty toilet paper roll and a paper gift bag that had torn from the weight of the gift inside.

I don’t usually keep track of the number of items I put in the recycling bin, but for this article I wanted to have a number as a basis. At first, I thought 17 was a lot, but when I look at the number of items we use on a daily basis that are made from fiber, it isn’t so much after all.

Americans are greedy and selfish when it comes to natural resources. We use 25 percent of all the paper products in the world.

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