We all want to do our bit for the environment – reducing our carbon footprint, conserving resources, re-using and recycling more. Smart use of paper actually helps in this regard.
Paper is surprisingly sustainable. Indeed, using paper helps combat CO2 emissions.
|1||Every year, more trees are planted than harvested. That’s one of the reasons why there is over 30% more forest in the EU than there was 50 years ago*.|
|2||Younger trees are much better at absorbing carbon - they lock it into their roots and branches until they are saturated, at which point they become carbon stores, not carbon absorbers.|
|3||All paper-based forest products trap carbon and store it until it is recycled.|
So next time you see “think twice before printing this email”, don’t think twice, think three times! First, think: ‘I can be proud to print because when paper is used a whole lot more trees are planted’. Second, think: ‘The paper I’m using comes from sustainably managed forests that are helping fight climate change’. And third, think: ‘How will I recycle it once I’m done to make sure it stays a virtuous circle’.
*Source: European Environment Agency, State and Outlook 2005