The paper industry has eight representatives in the UN’s list of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies, more than any other industry.
Both virgin and recycled paper products can therefore have an equally strong environmental argument.
Forests are part of the cycle that helps remove CO2 from the atmosphere. This extends from trees to wood and paper products, which continue to store the carbon and help to reduce climate change.
The fact that paper products are recyclable and renewable means that their lifecycle can be extended, prolonging this benefit and reducing waste into the bargain.
The paper industry is one of the biggest users of renewable, low carbon energy
Half the energy used to make paper in Europe comes from renewable sources
Very often, the water used to make paper is cleaner when it comes out of the mill than when it goes in