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Myth

Paper destroys our forests

Facts
  • In Europe, 500,000 ha of additional forest are planted every year

Truth
  • Paper does not destroy forests, it mainly uses by-products and even renews forests

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Myth

Use only recycled paper

Facts
  • 50% of the wood fibers in paper comes from recycling
  • 20% of the used paper is not recyclable

Truth
  • Wood fibers are a renewable element and recycled fibers can not be recycled endlessly

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Myth

Paper production requires a lot of energy, consumes masses of water and expels large quantities of CO2

Facts
  • There is 40% less CO2 emissions per 1 kg paper than 20 years ago
  • 56% less water is needed for paper production than 30 years ago

Truth
  • Paper production is becoming increasingly energy-efficient

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Myth

Digital is better for the environment

Facts
  • Digital data centers are using 3 times more power consumption compared to the year 2000
  • The electronic waste stream is growing 3 times faster than the total waste stream

Truth
  • The digital world and paper both have an impact on the environment. But digital is growing much faster, which means its impact on the environment is increasing much faster as well

Source: Paper Chain Forum ‘PAPER Myths and Facts’ brochure