Recycled paper massively reduces the amount of air pollution produced. Reports have stated that recycled paper produces 73% less air pollution than if it was made from raw materials.
Producing recycled paper uses up to 70% less energy than virgin paper*, as well as using far less water. *Source Friends of the Earth
12.5-million tonnes of paper and cardboard are used annually in the UK. That’s 12.5-million tonnes being dropped in landfills if not recycled. That adds up very quickly. Upwards of 5-million tonnes of waste paper are still sent to landfill each year.
It is estimated that an average UK adult gets through about 38 kilograms of newspapers per year. When you consider that it takes roughly 24 trees to make 1 tonne of newspaper, you can start to see the very real benefits of recycling and reusing paper resources.
Each tonne of paper recycled saves 15 average size trees.
Nearly 80% of the world’s original old growth forests have been logged or severely degraded.
40% of the world’s industrial logging goes into making paper and this is expected to reach 50% in the near future.
Worldwide, the pulp and paper industry is the 5th largest industrial consumer of energy.
We generate 12.5-million tonnes of paper and cardboard waste every year in the UK. The Commercial Sector produces about 60% of this waste.
Reclaimed waste paper represents around 63% of the fibre used to produce paper and board in the UK.