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Recycled Paper: 4 Things to Know 

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Thankfully, society is very much marked by increasing environmental consciousness and a growing urgency to address climate change; so that the choice of seemingly mundane items, in particular paper – what to use for printing needs, what to buy for arts and crafts, etc – has now become a very significant part of sustainable practice. 

Perhaps most commonly, more and more people, organizations, groups, businesses, etc are opting for recycled paper, and for good reason. 

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Here are 4 things you need to know.

Environmental Impact

Primarily, deforestation is a significant threat to global ecosystems, and paper production is a major contributor. Using recycled paper helps alleviate this pressure so that it reduces the demand for virgin wood fibers for example. 

Here’s how this works: recycled paper is made from post-consumer waste, such as old newspapers or office paper. The recycling process involves collecting, sorting, and processing used paper to create new pulp, ultimately used to produce recycled paper products.

So, by choosing recycled paper for printing, a business can communicate its commitment to sustainability. This means it not only reduces the carbon footprint associated with paper production but also promotes responsible resource management.

Also, read about Eco-Friendly Manufacturing Materials

Quality and Perception

Like a lot of things, recycled paper was criticized for its perceived lower quality. However, advancements in technology and manufacturing processes mean this is no longer the truth and everything -from texture and brightness to the overall quality of recycled paper- has been greatly improved. 

How? Manufacturers now use advanced de-inking and refining techniques to remove inks and other impurities, resulting in high-quality recycled paper. Plus, blending recycled fibers with some virgin fibers can enhance any paper’s properties.

Now, a publishing company opting for high-quality recycled paper for book printing not only supports eco-friendly practices but also demonstrates a commitment to producing visually appealing and durable products.

Economic Benefits

Supporting the recycling industry very often means creating jobs and facilitating economic growth as the demand for recycled paper encourages the development and expansion of recycling facilities it creates employment opportunities in industries like waste collection, sorting, and processing.

For example, a municipality investing in the use of recycled paper for official documents not only contributes to environmental sustainability but also stimulates local economic development by supporting recycling initiatives and related industries.

Consumer Awareness

Raising awareness among consumers about the benefits of choosing recycled paper is crucial for driving sustainable consumption habits because things like implementing educational campaigns and product labeling are how many people know about the positive environmental impact of opting for recycled paper products.

For example, imagine how much a retail business labeling its recycled paper products with clear information about reduced environmental impact could contribute to a wider shift towards sustainable consumption.

Choosing recycled paper is like giving a nod to a greener, more sustainable way of doing things. It’s a win for the environment, a win for quality, a win for jobs, and even a win for spreading the word.


Sneha Shah

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