Fact: The carbon footprint of paper is not as high as you may think.

MYTH: Paper has a high carbon footprint

FACT: It's not as high as you think.

THE CARBON FOOTPRINT OF PAPER IS NOT AS HIGH AS YOU THINK. A look across this entire life cycle shows that paper’s carbon footprint can be divided into three basic elements: greenhouse gas emissions, carbon sequestration and avoided emissions. Each of these elements is influenced by important characteristics that make paper’s carbon footprint smaller than might be expected: it’s made from a renewable resource that stores carbon, it’s manufactured using mostly renewable energy and it’s recyclable. SEE THE TWO SIDES FACT SHEET FOR MORE.