We all want to purchase paper products that help that the environment by reducing energy use, greenhouse emissions, while protecting valuable old-growth trees. But practicing “sustainable” purchasing is not as simple as just recycling anymore, and it becomes even more challenging amid the rising...
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An additional advantage of using RRF for the environment is that these young, fast-growing trees absorb more carbon than old-growth trees, in order to grow. Tree plantations in Indonesia also do no leave noticeable “holes” in forests, unlike their colder, northern-climate cousins because they grow quickly, and are organized and grown in a manner that preserves the landscape, which serve as habitats for local wildlife.
Welcome to the Fiber Age
Paper can be sustainable without recycling, when it’s made with rapidly renewable fiber (RRF) from plantation-grown trees. RRF saves energy; and because they are an infinite source for fiber, old-growth trees remain untouched, even amid the rising global demand for paper products.
So the next time you shop for paper products, look not at its recycled-content percentage; instead, look to see if it was made with rapidly renewable fiber.