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Environmental Impact of Recycled Paper

Whether you're reading your favorite book, writing a grocery list, or printing a flyer, you're using something that’s been around for nearly 2,000 years...paper!


Every year, Americans use more than 90 million short tons of paper and paperboard. That's an average of 700 pounds of paper products per person each year! Not to mention that the average office worker handles around 10,000 sheets of paper every year.

With all of this paper, does recycling really make a difference? We know that recycled paper is made back into facial tissue, paper towels, napkins, new notebook paper, and more, but is it really better for the environment to use recycled materials to make new products, as opposed to virgin materials?


The answer is yes!


  • Less pollution is generated in the manufacturing process, since the paper fibers have already been processed at least once.
  • Using recycled paper as a raw material helps preserve forests by reducing demand for wood.
  • Recycling paper reduces solid waste by diverting usable paper from the waste stream.

And exactly what resources are saved by recycling paper?


Let's say we recycled 90 million pounds of paper. When we enter that number into Midwest Fiber's environmental calculator, it shows us the impact. Imagine what 90 million tons of recycled paper could do!!



Env Calc Paper

2014 Recycling Totals
Life Cycle of a Milk Jug


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Wednesday, 23 June 2021

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Recycling conserves natural resources, such as timber, water, and minerals.