Did you know that using wood to make paper is a fairly recent innovation? Linen, straw and hemp were the primary material sources for paper throughout the centuries until the 1850¹s. Now, about half of all trees logged are turned into paper over 12,000 square miles of forest in the US each year alone. At the same time, in the US, less than 1% of the total pulp produced is manufactured from non-wood, tree free alternatives. While purchasing tree-free paper makes the largest impact, consider choosing 100% recycled paper as an option.
Recycled paper products are widely available, and are considerably less damaging to the environment in production. The EPA has found that making paper from recycled materials results in 75% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution.
in d phils. tree-free paper r d ones made fr abaca fibers (fr d banana family dat yields d so-called manila hemp). tis r specialty papers usually used in invitations, etc. other asian countries use bamboo fibers…..d tallest grass….
in india ders an NGO recycling old clothes (those dat r no longer wearable), rags, textile wastes, etc. into tree-free paper. f poor communities can produce tis tree-free paper den dey can save on paper costs as well as help save d trees….if every filipino use abaca paper den farmers can earn more money instead of d loggers (legal or illegal ones)…..
- Serj Tankian Uses Tree-Free Paper for ‘Imperfect Harmonies’ Booklet (noisecreep.com)
- Recycling Doesn’t Save Trees (Going Green) (whattheythink.com)
- Recycling Doesn’t Save Trees, It Saves Forests (Going Green) (whattheythink.com)
- save the trees, please. (geteconow.com)
- Eco-Options: Paper (eco-officegals.com)