Anyone who has seen a globe or a picture of Earth from outer space knows how much water there is covering the planet. But what many people do not realize is that less than one percent of all water on Earth is usuable freshwater. This tiny percentage is needed to sustain the seven billion humans and millions of other species that co-inhabit the planet.
According to National Geographic: "The average American lifestyle demands 1,800 gallons a day to support (sic), with 70 percent of that going to support our diets. If each of us learned how to conserve just a little more water, it could add up to big savings."
To remedy this, National Geographic gives this recommendation: "Recycling a pound of paper, less than the weight of your average newspaper, saves about 3.5 gallons of water. Buying recycled paper products saves water too, as it takes about six gallons of water to produce a dollar's worth of paper." In fact, recycling just about anything uses less water than it would take to manufacture that same product.
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