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Everday we hear more bad news about our planet Reports tell us that wildlife and forests are disappearing at an alarming rate Newscasts give the latest word on how quickly earth is losing its protective shirld and warming up Newspapers lament the pollution of our air water and soil What can we do in the face of such widespread gloom In fact we do not have to feel helpless We can each learn practical ways to better our environment For example saving and recycling newspapers has a number of positive results First recycling newspaper saves trees The average American consumes about 120 pounds of newsprint a year-enough to use up one tree That means close to 250 million trees each year are destroyed for paper in this country alone If we recycled only one-tenth of our newpaper we would save 25 million trees a year Second making new paper from old paper uses up much less energy than making paper from trees Finally this process also reduces the air pollution of paper-making by 95 percent Another earth saving habit is precycling waste This means buying food and other products packaged only in materials that will decay naturally or that can be recycled The idea is to prevent unrecyclable materials from even entering the home For instance 60 of the 190 pounds of plastic-especially styrofoam-each American uses a year are thrown out as soon as packages are opened Be kind to your planet by buying eggs fast food and other products in cardboard instead of styrofoam cartons Buy beverages in glass or aluminum containers instead of plastic ones Buy in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging you will save money too Finally when you can buy products whose packing shows the recycled logo Materials that have been recycled once can be recycled again Wise management of hazardous household wastes is yet another way of
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