Is paper really bad for the environment?

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paper rollOne myth about paper is that its production is bad for the environment. In reality paper is recognised as one of the few truly sustainable products. Paper is made from wood, which is a natural and renewable material.

The trees planted for paper making absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and can store carbon throughout a trees lifetime. In the period 2005-2010, 870 million tonnes of CO2 have been removed by European Forests; equivalent to about 10% of Europe’s Greenhouse gas emissions. In order to ensure that this is all managed correctly there are no fewer than 30 certification schemes in existence. The Two that we are accredited to are the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forrest Certification (PEFC). If you would like to know more about these certifications please click HERE.

It’s clear that well managed and planted forests are essential for sustainable development and reforestation. These planted forests are sources of both renewable energy and industrial raw materials. Here are some useful facts about these new forests.

There are around 25 million hectares of planted forests worldwide. That’s 0.2% of global land area.

In Europe they are not replacing natural forests

Can be independently certified

Can prevent soil degradation and erosion

Provide new habitat shade and shelter for wildlife

Contributes to rural development.

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We would like to thank Two sides and Green Print for their wealth of information on this topic.