There are many differant ways of making paper, but the most common method uses trees. Trees are one of the best sources of renewable fiber, with several benefits to the environment. As trees grow to size for harvesting to be turned into paper, they reduce greenhouse gases, and give off oxygen. So breathe easy! Everyday the forest products industry plants more than 1.7 Million trees in the U.S.A. Today, there are 12 Million more acres of forests in the U.S.A. than there was in 1987.
By 1992, tree growth outpaced harvest by 34% and the volume of wood in the forest was 360% more than in 1920.
By 2010, the figure for recycling paper has hit 57.4%, which does not figure in the 15% that is taken out of the cycle to be used as toilet tissue and tissue paper. Part of the 15% is also books that are kept and not recycled.
So you see, the old adage goes..."Don't use paper, Save a tree" is really wrong. As paper production goes down, the amount of trees planted also goes down. When you read something like this Blog online, you use electricity which is usually produced by methods not so good for the environment, and use a computer that was produced with many plastics and metals that are not recycled.
I will produce a post soon that shows the comparison of these two methods of communicating. Newspapers are more "green" than reading your news online. Really!
Here are a few links to look at about responsible forestry for you to look at. If you would rather let me read this boring stuff and condense it down for you just check in here often.
International Paper Company pefc.org Life of the Forest Kjellberg Printing
I have included our company web address as well because we have recycled almost all of our scrap paper since 1971 AD. We were on the tip of the green movement.
Talk again soon.