7 October 2020
Not Using Paper Does Not Save Forests
CHICAGO—
More trees are planted than cut down
More trees are planted than cut down
According to the 2020 The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FRA), the United States and Canada account for 8% and 9%, respectively, of the world’s total forest area. In the U.S., total forest area increased by 18 million acres between 1990 and 2020, which averages out to the equivalent of around 1,200 NFL football fields every day. Canada’s total forest area remained relatively stable over the 30-year assessment period at approximately 857 million acres.
Facts and figures on the use of paper and printing
Facts and figures on the use of paper and printing
Approximately 59% of forestlands in North America has long-term forest management plans. Decades of misguided marketing messages that suggest using less paper protects forests along with deliberate anti-paper campaigns by environmental groups that twist scientific facts to suit their own agendas have left many feeling guilty for using products that are inherently sustainable. They are made from a renewable resource, are recyclable and are among the most recycled products in the world, and are manufactured using a high level of renewable energy – all key elements in a circular economy.
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