THE MYTH:

Only recycled paper should be used

THE FACT:

Recycled fiber and wood fiber from well-managed forests are both essential to sustain the paper life cycle  

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The Fact: Recycled fiber and wood fiber from well-managed forests are both essential to sustain the paper life-cycle

While it's true that collecting used paper and recycling it into new products is good for the environment, there are many other factors in the life cycle of paper which influence its environmental footprint. 

Paper can be recycled up to 7 times before the fibers become too short and weak and break down. That’s why we need a continuous supply of fresh fiber harvested from responsibly managed forests. In the U.S. and Canada the majority of this fresh fiber comes from sawmill chips which are a by-product of lumber production.

North America also benefits from a good supply of recycled fiber which should be used locally to manufacture paper products.  The re-use of this fiber is a sound environmentall solution.

  • Globally, 82% of recovered paper is used in tissue, container boards, and other packaging or board products. Approximately 6% of the recovered paper supply is used in printing and writing grades.

             – Sappi Fine Paper North America, 2013

  • Without fresh wood, the production of paper will cease within 6 to 18 months depending on the paper grade.

             – Metafore, 2006

  • At least 15% of paper products are permanently removed from the fiber cycle, such as one-time use products (ex: tissues, sanitary products, medical supplies) and books or files that are stored for long periods of time.

            - American Forest & Paper Association, 2011

  • "To make the global fiber cycle work, a continual input of 35% to 65% of fresh wood fiber is needed depending on the grade of the paper manufactured."

– Metafore, 2006

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