The Myth: Making paper is bad for the environment.
The Fact: Paper is one of the few truly sustainable products.
Paper is recyclable and it is made from a natural resource that is renewable. These features, combined with the U.S. paper industry's advocacy of responsible forestry practices and certification, use of renewable, carbon-neutral biofuels and advances in efficient papermaking technology, make paper one of the most sustainable products on earth.
– World Resources Institute
- Because forest products [including paper] can require little or no fossil fuels for production and store carbon throughout their useful life, they can have inherent climate change advantages over all other materials with which they compete, provided they are produced in a sustainable manner.
- Forest management certification arose as a non-regulatory alternative for fostering the improved stewardship of working forestlands. While there are many regulations governing forest management—particularly in the United States—certification provides a private incentive to encourage landowner commitment to sustainable forest management. It also offers a stamp of approval for forest management practices that meet standards considered to be environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable.
– U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Paper is made from renewable resources, and responsibly produced and used paper has many advantages over other, nonrenewable alternative materials
– World Wildlife Fund
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