Getting a handle on natural resources

Why using brown paper bags is good for our planet.

Did you know that the U.S. is the only developed country in the world other than Sweden where the majority of forested land is privately owned? Private landowners – 11 million of them – own nearly 60% of all U.S. forestland, and by utilizing portions of their land as working forests and replanting 3-4 times more trees than they harvest, these families are able to meet the expenses of owning the land. Sustainable management of these forestlands provides a better income from this use as opposed to removing the forest for other residential, commercial, and industrial uses, and also preserves and protects the forests. That's why over 25% of private forestlands in the U.S. are certified to sustainable certification systems, compared to just 10% world wide.

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The recovery rate for paper bags is how many times greater than that of plastic bags?

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 4
  4. 10


*Answer (C.) 4
The pulp and paper industry developed recycling techniques and efforts decades ago and are much more successful than the efforts to recycle plastic.

Source: Renewable Bag Council