Photograph by sudo takeshi
The average American uses the equivalent of one 100-foot-tall
Douglas fir tree in paper products every year. All in all, Americans used $8.4
billion of toilet paper, $4.8 billion of paper towels and $716 million in
napkins in the past 12 months, according to IRI. Paper’s environmental
footprint is large. One sheet requires 2.6 gallons of water to make. Recycling
1 ton saves 17 trees and the energy equivalent of 185 gallons of gasoline, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.