When you look at it from a sustainability point of view, you can see why we have to be mindful of waste.
According to an article in Forbes, the amount of waste in the United States has doubled since 1980, and the cost of the waste has increased by $20 billion.
As we become more affluent, we are turning a blind eye to the waste we create.
What’s more, a new report from the environmental organization, Greenpeace, found that as much as 40% of all U.S. carbon emissions come from the recycling of paper, and that nearly half of all paper products that are sold in the U.K. come from China.
“What we’re seeing is that we’re starting to have an enormous amount of paper that we don’t even know is going to end up in the landfill,” Greenpeace senior economist Richard Wilkinson said.
Waste is the third largest source of CO2 in the world, after fossil fuels and electricity, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
To make matters worse, the United Nations recently announced that we are on track to have more paper discarded than all of the countries in the OECD combined.
The report comes at a time when recycling has become a hot topic on the presidential campaign trail, and in particular, with Donald Trump.
“It is no coincidence that our current president is the one who first advocated recycling as a way to reduce CO2 emissions, a topic that he has repeatedly talked about,” Wilkinson said in a statement.
Trump has vowed to make a “major investment” in recycling, saying it would reduce our dependence on foreign materials.