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In order to calculate the environmental impact of the bags you use, you must take into consideration the total life cycle of renewable fibers, type of energy used to manufacture paper bags, actual use of resources and other important factors that affect the overall sustainability equation. Check the questions and answers we've provided here to see if the right numbers are being used for your packaging calculations.

Who owns the trees International Paper uses to make brown boxes?

  1. International Paper
  2. Publicly Owned
  3. Privately Owned

Answer

*Answer (C) Privately Owned
It may surprise you to learn that more than 90% of International Paper's fiber supply in the U.S. comes from privately owned forests, most of which are small and family-owned.

Source: Renewable Bag Council

What happens to private forestland when a family can't afford to maintain it?

  1. It typically gets divided up and becomes fragmented.
  2. It typically gets sold off for development.

Answer

*Answer: Either or both
and when that happens the forests are gone forever. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has identified development and fragmentation as the primary threats to private U.S. forestlands. How can we help avoid this threat? One way is to support a healthy forest product market. A recent USDA study documents that the lowest rates of deforestation occur where forest product markets are strongest. Conversely, regions with weak forest product markets suffer the highest rates of deforestation. Private landowners are the keepers of our forestlands and their ecological benefits. Without a steady and good income, these families are often faced with the difficult choice to sell off all or part of their land for more lucrative development.

Source: Renewable Bag Council

What valuable, ecological benefits do we protect by economically supporting privately owned working forests?

  1. 53% of U.S. fresh water supply
  2. Habitat for nearly 60% of "at-risk" plants and animals in the continental U.S.

Answer

*Answer: Both
Not only both of the above, but also scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. Actually, if you only think about saving trees, you might literally be endangering the forests that provide all of us with fresh air and clean water.

Source: Renewable Bag Council

What percentage of U.S. renewable biomass energy is generated by the forest products industry?

  1. 77%
  2. 53%
  3. 39%

Answer

*Answer (A) 77%
The forest products industry generates 77% percent of all U.S. renewable biomass energy, making it the nation's largest industrial renewable energy producer. That exceeds the total of all the nation's solar, wind and geothermal energy generation combined.

Source: Renewable Bag Council

What does the forest products industry contribute to the U.S. economy?

  1. Approximately 5% of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP 

  2. $175 billion in products annually
  3. Jobs for nearly 900,000 American men and women
  4. Payroll of approximately $50 billion
  5. Among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 48 states

Answer

*Answer: All of the Above
And you might find it interesting to note that the forest products industry's employment levels exceed those in the automotive, chemicals and plastics industries.

Source: Renewable Bag Council

What percentage of the U.S. population has access to recycling paper bags?

  1. 27%

  2. 42%
  3. 60%
  4. 78%

Answer

*Answer: (D) 78%
78% of all people in the U.S. have access to recycling programs that include paper bags. And every ton of recycled paper bags saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.

Source: Renewable Bag Council