We are in the age of electronics, no one doubts that. But have you noticed that we still use a lot of paper? In the United States alone, about 70 million tons of paper and cardboard are used each year, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Fortunately, paper and paper products such as cardboard can be recycled to a greater extent than any other waste product, depending on the country it can reach a recycling rate of up to 70 percent or more.
The advantages of using recycled and over-recycled paper are multiple and it is good to be informed and take them into account, they include saving energy, water and landfill space. Paper recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and recycled fiber is a sustainable and economical resource for making new paper products.
Save energy and water
Making recycled paper pulp, compared to generating pulp from trees and other plants to make new paper products, consumes less energy and water. Recycling a ton of paper saves energy equivalent to that needed to power an average household for six months and saves around 25,000 liters of water. Converting recycled paper into new paper products saves energy and water by reducing the number of intensive steps and processes.
Reduces greenhouse gases
Recycling paper reduces methane and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. When paper decomposes anaerobically in landfills, it produces methane gas. Methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas, together with carbon dioxide contribute to global climate change. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, and when they are cut down to make paper products, more carbon dioxide is released than is absorbed. Processing wood to make paper pulp with fossil fuel-based energy releases additional carbon dioxide. According to the EPA, recycling one ton of paper can reduce greenhouse gas levels by one metric ton of carbon equivalent.
Recycling paper preserves trees and forests. Each ton of recycled paper saves approximately 17 trees. Recycled paper serves as a green resource for paper manufacturers, saving costs and energy, but the paper can only be recycled five to seven times before the paper fibers become too short. In any case, the material consisting of short fibers can be composted, burned for energy or used as a landfill, so that until the end, everything can be used.
Recycling paper produces jobs
Have you thought about it? Recycling of any kind creates work in new green energy fields. More jobs mean more consumers with disposable income. Responsible recycling not only helps the economy in general, but also affects the growth of companies.
All companies rely on printed materials for their promotion through business card printing, brochure printing or office paper. Recycling these paper products has many benefits for businesses of all sizes. It is economically and environmentally advantageous and contributes to the wealth of the community. It also improves the image of the company in the market, as consumers increasingly take into account the "environmental awareness" of the company from whom they buy.
From protecting forests to controlling the climate to reducing pollution, the use of recycled paper and recycled envelopes both at home and in the office is essential, for the many ways it benefits the environment.