Recycle Paper. Save the Trees.
As the paper is made from wood, recycling conserves trees and other natural resources, saves energy and reduces greenhouse gases that are emitted by paper-making industries. It takes 17 trees to make 1 ton of paper so recycling will help to reduce tree cutting significantly.
In our ever-evolving endeavor to improve the environment and protect the planet, we are switching to recycled paper for invoice printing. This is the first step of many to become a future-ready company.
Saves Energy and Water
Making recycled paper pulp, compared to generating pulp from trees and other plants to make new paper products, consumes less energy and water. Recycling one ton of paper saves energy equivalent to the energy needed to power the average U.S. home for six months and saves about 7,000 gallons of water. Making recycled paper into new paper products saves energy and water because the number of energy-intensive steps and processes that use water are reduced.
Reduces Greenhouse Gases
Recycling paper reduces methane and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. When paper decomposes anaerobically in landfills, it produces the gas methane. Methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas, together with carbon dioxide contribute to global climate change. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and when they are cut down to make paper products, more carbon dioxide is released than absorbed. Processing wood to make paper pulp using fossil fuel-based energy releases additional carbon dioxide. According to the EPA, recycling one ton of paper can reduce greenhouse gas levels by one metric ton of carbon equivalent.
Recycling paper preserves trees and forests. Every ton of recycled paper saves about 17 trees. Recycled paper serves as an environmentally friendly resource for paper manufacturers, saving costs and energy. However, paper can only be recycled five to seven times before the paper fibers become too short. Material consisting of short fibers can be composted, burned for energy or used as landfill.