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15 December 2021

Myths about paper

Myths about paper

Myths and facts about the production and processing of paper and plastic

Two Sides, a non-profit organization that promotes the principles of sustainable development of the paper industry, operates in the international arena, which works with false statements regarding the impact of the industry on the environment. We are talking about statements made by the largest corporations in the world in their interests. Since 2010, 440 companies have deleted or changed their paper statements as a result of the Two Sides appeal [1]. Recently, the discussion of the impact of paper production on the environment has intensified in Russia, and it is in the context of environmental friendliness in relation to plastic. Let's take a closer look at the myths that are found in such statements and publications.

Myth #1 The paper industry destroys forests

Less than 15% of the forest harvested in Russia is used for the production of paper from primary cellulose, in the whole world this figure is about 11%. Often this wood belongs to lower grades. Higher quality wood is commonly used in other industries such as construction and furniture manufacturing. Residues from wood processing – shavings, twigs, bark, are also used as raw materials for the paper industry.

At the same time, it is worth remembering that more than 50% of the fiber used for paper production in Russia comes from waste paper. This indicator has grown several times over the past 15 years, and continues to increase. The created capacities already allow processing about 4.5 million tons of waste paper. Even if we could collect more waste paper, the industry would easily increase the existing capacity. In the meantime, we are increasingly importing waste paper from other countries, as 4 million tons of waste paper in Russia is sent to landfills.

In general, forestry in Russia is moving towards a level of compliance with the principles of sustainable development, when reforestation will increase the area of forest land. In Europe, the area of the uwe forest

  • The paper industry is destroying forests
  • Paper production harms the environment, uses too much energy and water
  • Paper is a non-renewable resource, because more trees are cut down than they grow
  • The most unfortunate choice for shopping in a store is a paper bag

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