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5 Reasons We Don't Need The Rainforest

And one reason why we really do...

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1. Paper

Felling trees for the purpose of creating paper pulp can be a thing of the past. There are numerous recycled alternatives and even paper made from elephant poop (yes, poop)!
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Felling trees for the purpose of creating paper pulp can be a thing of the past. There are numerous recycled alternatives and even paper made from elephant poop (yes, poop)!

2. Palm Oil

Palm oil seems like it's in everything, but why? A lot of vegetable oils are suitable substitutes and scientists recently discovered a truly revolutionary alternative: a type of yeast.
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Palm oil seems like it's in everything, but why? A lot of vegetable oils are suitable substitutes and scientists recently discovered a truly revolutionary alternative: a type of yeast.

3. Precious metals and gemstones

Humans have figured out how to create these sought-after materials in labs… so why destroy the rainforest to extract them?
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Humans have figured out how to create these sought-after materials in labs… so why destroy the rainforest to extract them?

4. Tropical Hardwoods

Some species of trees are close to extinction. There are many alternatives to tropical hardwoods like eco-friendly synthetics that look and feel like real wood.
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Some species of trees are close to extinction. There are many alternatives to tropical hardwoods like eco-friendly synthetics that look and feel like real wood.

5. Animal Parts

Countless species have been driven to extinction and many more are on their way thanks to humans. Animal parts are still widely popular for medicinal use in parts of Asia, while trophy hunting is somehow a popular "sport" for wealthy Americans.
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Countless species have been driven to extinction and many more are on their way thanks to humans. Animal parts are still widely popular for medicinal use in parts of Asia, while trophy hunting is somehow a popular "sport" for wealthy Americans.

And the one reason you do need the rainforest? LIFE. The air you breathe.

The lush, dense vegetation of the rainforest sucks up carbon dioxide and gives us the oxygen we need to survive. 20% of the world’s oxygen comes from the Amazon rainforest alone. Isn’t that reason enough to save it?
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The lush, dense vegetation of the rainforest sucks up carbon dioxide and gives us the oxygen we need to survive. 20% of the world’s oxygen comes from the Amazon rainforest alone. Isn’t that reason enough to save it?

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