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Date: 15-Apr-09

Recycled paper has a lower eco-impact © Amy Nancarrow

Recycled paper has a lower eco-impact

Last month the Buy Recycled Quiz asked:

How does buying recycled paper reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

A)    Less energy is used in production.

B)    Less paper is sent to landfill.

C)    Fewer trees are cut down.

D)    All of the above.

The correct answer was (D) All of the above.  

Buying paper made from recycled stock means that less raw material (trees) are needed.  The production process also uses less energy and water than making paper from scratch. And by using paper to make more paper, less waste is sent to landfill.  When paper in landfill breaks down, it creates methane, a greenhouse gas at least 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

The environmental benefits of recycled paper are highest when we choose  ‘100% post-consumer' recycled paper - made totally from paper out of our recycling bins. Buying recycled paper creates demand for recycled products.

The quiz winners, receiving a greeting cards pack from  Earth Greetings, valued at $70 each, are:

Tracey from Upper Coomera QLD, Sally from Camden NSW, Steffanie from Bayswater VIC, Cheryl from Bundaberg QLD, Joy from Lennox Head NSW, Emily from Sydney NSW, Laura from Hobart TAS, Karen from Southport QLD, Alice from Chatswood NSW and Julie from Wodonga VIC.

All greeting cards, gift tags and bookmarks in the pack are made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper and the new Earth Greetings range is printed carbon neutral in Australia with vegetable inks.

Looking for other simple ways to cut your greenhouse gas production and other environmental impacts? Sign up for Planet Ark's weekly Green Resolutions.

More Information

For info on recycled office paper see the Know Your Paper Guide from the Dept. Environment and Climate Change NSW and the Guide to Environmental Copy Paper downloadable from the Wilderness Society.


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