Assess your consumption habits with total lifecycle in mind. Is the product you're using made from a renewable resource, such as trees? Is it recyclable, such as paper? Is it manufactured with a high percentage of fuels other than non-renewable fossil fuels, as are paper and wood products?
Be responsible in your recycling habits. Paper is one of the most recyclable materials in the world, and the recycling of paper products is a legitimate and sophisticated business enterprise that adds both economic and environmental value to our world. More than 60% of all paper in the U.S. is recycled and made into other products.
Look for third-party forest certification labels on your paper products. These labels signify a commitment by landowners, manufacturers, printers and others in the supply chain to use only wood fiber from forests that are being responsibly managed.
Current statistics show that although consumers support third-party certification in theory, they don't support it with their pocketbooks. If you want to assure responsible forestry, you may need to pay more to support these important certification efforts. Creating and complying with third-party certification programs require landowners and businesses in the supply chain to invest more, so you can do your part by insisting on certified products and with your willingness to pay a premium for them.
Learn first-hand the challenges our U.S. forest landowners face. Watch our videos of tree farmers who supply International Paper with fiber from responsibly managed forests to make our paper products. You'll learn how they are working to maintain the ecological value of their lands while generating the income needed to keep the forests growing for the benefit of future generations.