Our Shopping Habits Are Causing a Literal Stink

The world is on a spending spree, and no matter what you’re buying, it’s probably going to have been in a box at some point along its route to you.

That means companies are rushing to build pulp mills and box factories to meet demand, and many of them are in the United States. About 40 billion boxes—equal to 407 billion square feet, which is roughly the size of Switzerla…

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