4 Myths About Paper

February 2 2020

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There are tonnes of myths about paper floating about, it can be hard which one to believe or not. From being told only recycled paper should be used to forests are rapidly shrinking – what should we listen to, and what should we ignore?

Let’s do some debunking.


  1. Paper production consumes an excessive amount of water 

Sure, paper production is dependent on water. However, in relative terms, very little is actually consumed.

Remember, the intake of water is not equal to the consumption. Most of the water used by trees and paper will be returned to the environment. In fact, 93% of the water used is returned to the planet.


  1. Paper is bad for the environment 

Now, let’s look at the myth that paper is also bad for the environment. In fact, paper is one of the very few totally sustainable products in the world.

You just have to make sure that the paper you choose has come from a sustainable forest source. Don’t worry, between 2005 and 2015, European forests grew by an area of Switzerland.


  1. Only recycled paper should be used

So, what about using recycled paper? While this is a good choice, it isn’t the be all end all.

In order to maintain the paper cycle, virgin fibres from sustainably managed forests are necessary. Without the new fibres, from new trees, the paper cycle cannot be maintained.

Make no mistake, though, both virgin fibre and recycled fibre are fundamental. It’s all about keeping a happy balance.


  1. European forests are shrinking 

It’s a worrying thought for us all – are our forests really shrinking.

Well, European forests have been growing by over 1,500 football pitches every single day. That’s our sustainability efforts in action.

When paper is grown and harvested in a controlled and sustainable way, it makes very little (if any) difference to our forests.


We hope this cleared up some of the biggest paper myths. The facts that you see here have been provided by Two Sides. Two Sides is a communications supply chain, dedicated to promoting the sustainability of the graphic communications supply chain.  More myths are debunked on their website: https://www.twosides.info/myths-and-facts

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