Myths and Facts about Paper and the Environment
MYTH. Using Paper Envelopes kills trees and forests.
FACT. It is quite the opposite. When people uses paper, products like envelopes paper suppliers plant more trees, because it is in their best interest to ensure sustainability for their companies' long term survival. The concept of managed forests means that for every tree harvested, several more are planted or naturally regenerated in their place. According to The State of America’s Forests, a report released by the Society of American Foresters, replanting and reforestation efforts have helped keep forestland stable. There are nearly 750 million acres of forests in the U.S. — about the same as 100 years ago. Annual net growth of U.S. forests is 36 percent higher than the volume of annual tree removals.
MYTH. Paper is bad for the Environment.
FACT. Paper is actually one of the few truly sustainable products. For every tree that is harvested in a well-managed forest, several more are replanted or naturally regenerated. And as young trees grow, they absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. Furthermore, as a wood-based product, paper also continues to store carbon throughout its lifetime.
MYTH. Paper contributes significantly to landfill.
FACT. Paper is one of the most recycled products, compared to metal, glass and plastic. Thanks to industry leadership and the tireless efforts of the millions of Americans who recycle paper at home, work, and school every day, paper recovery has reached record levels. In 2009, over 63 percent of the paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling. This impressive figure equals nearly 325 pounds for each man, woman, and child in America.1 Since 1990, when the paper industry established its first recovery goal to advance recycling in the United States, paper recovery has grown by more than 85 percent.2 Comparatively, the recovery rate for metal is 36 percent; glass is 22 percent; and plastic is only 7 percent.3