The process of paper production, consumption and disposal emits greenhouse gases, consumes fresh water, pollutes the air, and destroys endangered forests and biodiversity. As long as paper continues to be an important part of our lives, recycled paper is a far better option for people and the planet.
Every second a tree is cut down for the US magazine industry. According to Conservatree, one ton of magazine paper made from virgin fiber requires fifteen trees. However, when the pulp for paper comes from recovered waste paper (rather than trees), we can save our native and endangered forests. Read more.
Human activity is causing our planet's climate to change in drastic ways. The process of paper production, consumption and disposal leaves behind a trail of greenhouse gas emissions. Recycled paper uses less energy throughout its life-cycle. Read more.
In some cases, paper and pulp companies violate the land rights of indigenous peoples and rural communities. Manufacturing paper also pollutes local water sources and the air we breathe. On the other hand, recycled paper protects land and is less polluting than virgin paper. Read more.
Consumers have made it clear: they want products that are sustainable. From hybrid cars to organic food, the economy is adapting to meet the needs of consumers with a green conscience. By using environmental paper, magazines can compete in this green economy and satisfy the needs of their readers. Read more.