Recycled Paper

What is recycled paper?

Recycled paper is paper made, wholly or in part, from recovered paper fibers. The recovered paper can be post-consumer material, which has served its end-use and is no longer needed. For example, office paper in the recycle bin. Recovered paper can also be pre-consumer material, which is generally waste from industrial or commercial processors. For example, paper trim waste generated at envelop manufactures.

Why buy recycled paper?

One driver for using recycle content papers is to create a market for paper that would otherwise go to landfill. An often repeated myth is that recycled paper “saves trees”. However, forests are renewable resources. As long as forests are managed sustainability, the trees in forests will be replenished.

What is sustainable forestry?

Sustainable forestry is carefully managing a forest so that as trees are harvested they are replaced with seedlings and root sprouts, which grow. In this way, forest land is sustained for future generations.

What is the ideal amount of recycled content?

There is no ideal recycle content. Using recycled paper is good, as it provides a market to keep paper out of the landfill. On the other hand, if everyone used 100 % recycle paper then we would run out of paper in a matter of months. Why? Because some papers (like hygiene papers) are not recycled. Additionally, the fibers in paper can only be recycled 5 to 7 times before they can no longer be used for papermaking. In other words, 100% recycle cannot be sustained. With that balance in mind, copy paper recycle contents closer to 30% may be more ideal in the long run.

Renewable Energy

What is renewable energy?

Renewable energy is energy from natural phenomena such as sunlight, wind, tides, plant growth, and geothermal heat, as opposed to energy from fossil fuel sources such as coal, oil and natural gas.

Why is renewable energy better?

Renewable energy is better because, if managed sustainably, it will still be available for future generations. Non-renewable energy sources, like oil, accumulated over thousands, sometimes millions of years. Non-renewable resources cannot be replenished in the foreseeable future. Additionally, burning fossil fuel releases carbon to the atmosphere that was stored underground.

Carbon Neutral

What are greenhouse gases?

Greenhouse gases are gaseous compounds that trap heat in the atmosphere. The main greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and fluorinated gases. Carbon dioxide is the most common greenhouse gas, generated from combustion , like fuel burning.

What does it mean to be carbon neutral?

To be carbon neutral is to balance the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere with an equal amount of carbon sequestration or carbon offsets from a third party. The third party typically sells the offsets and in many cases the money is used partially to pay for carbon reduction projects elsewhere.

How many paper mills does Boise Paper own and operate at?

Boise Paper currently has three paper mills; all in the United States.

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