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Why are we flushing forests down the toilet?

The average American uses about three rolls of toilet paper every week, and British and German consumers aren't far behind that. The result? One million acres of virgin forest is cleared each year to make into toilet paper, and that is only in Canada. A new report from the Natural Resources Defence Council, 'The Issue with Tissue', looks at the environmental impact of our tissue habit, and what we can do to improve. Newsday's Bola Mosuro speaks to Shelley Vineyard, one of the study's authors.

Photo: A roll of toilet paper (Credit: BBC/Paul Kerley)

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