Why Bother Using Recycled Papers?

*An average American uses 465 trees to create a lifetime of paper.

*Recycling one ton of paper saves the equivalent of 17 trees, saves approximately 4 barrels of oil, saves enough energy to power an average home for six months, saves 7,000 gallons of water, and keeps 60 pounds of pollutants out of the air. In fact, the EPA has found that making paper from recycled materials results in 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution.

*Manufacturing recycled paper uses less energy than making paper from virgin wood pulp. Using less energy requires lower consumption of non-renewable fossil fuels and involves less emissions of numerous air and water pollutants.

*Paper plus cardboard combined make up 73% of the materials in the landfill. Recycling reduces the need for landfills, allowing local lands to be used in more environmentally preferable ways. Plus, by diverting paper materials from landfills, we reduce the methane released when these materials decompose.

*Recycling produces less of 27 different types of pollutants, when compared with using virgin materials, in manufacturing products and disposing wastes.

*Recycled paper is made to the same standards as paper made from virgin pulp. Plus, recycled paper has features which make it more desirable than virgin paper, such as being more opaque, dense, and flexible.

As you can see, there are no good reasons NOT to use recycled papers. Seems like a no-brainer to us!

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