Print and Paper: The Facts
While it’s true that collecting used paper and recycling it into new products is good for the environment, there are many other factors in the life cycle of paper which influence its environmental footprint. The wood fibers in paper can be recycled five to seven times before they get too weak and break down. That’s why we need fresh fiber harvested from responsibly managed forests, too. In the U.S. and Canada the majority of this fresh fiber comes from sawmill chips which are a by-product of lumber production.