Posted by Rene.Bross on 16. April 2010 15:42
Choosing recycled paper is the right thing to do, yet there’s still some misconceptions about its actual benefits. Hopefully this blog will clarify some of these issues.
Fiction: All paper has a low carbon footprint.
Fact: The sad truth is, globally, deforestation accounts for 25% of carbon emissions caused by human activity. When we protect this precious resource and choose recycled paper, it has a major impact. 100% recycled copy paper reduces net greenhouse gas emissions by 38% compared with 100% virgin fiber paper.
Fiction: Most paper is recycled already and therefore does not contribute significantly to landfills.
Fact: Paper is the most recycled product and recovery rate is growing. That’s good news. Unfortunately it’s estimated that paper accounts for about 40% of landfill volume. Recycling paper (and purchasing recycled paper) reduces the amount of waste we send to landfills and incinerators. When compared with 100% virgin fiber copy paper, 100% recycled paper is estimated to reduce solid waste by 49%.
Fiction: Manufacturing recycled paper requires more water.
Fact: Not only does making paper from recycled fibers require less water, it also results in less wastewater pollution than making paper from virgin fibers. When compared with 100% virgin fiber copy paper, 100% recycled copy paper is estimated to reduce wastewater volume by 50%.
Fiction: Using recycled paper has no impact on air quality.
Fact: The Environmental Protection Agency states that using recycled paper results in 74% less air pollution.
Many people still think there’s little they can do to help the environment. Nothing could be further from the truth. Every individual’s good decision, no matter how small, adds up to create a huge positive impact. When our customers choose to print on recycled paper, they’re making a good decision for the environment. MyGoodGreetings can verify this collective impact with our eco-audits. Help us spread the good news and encourage your friends and family to choose recycled paper and envelopes for their card and stationary needs. Together we can help protect valuable natural resources, reduce pollution and make the world a better place for generations to come.
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