Paper recycling can play a big part in taking the pressure off the world’s ancient forests. Leading studies show that sourcing recycled fibre reduces overall pressure on forests and freshwater systems. Furthermore, using recycled fibre rather than virgin wood fibre helps mitigate climate change by reducing the carbon footprint of paper, especially when post-consumer waste is used.
It’s clear that the more efficient our recycling programs, and the more consumers, institutional users and mills maximize their recycling efforts, the less demand society will place on threatened forest ecosystems like Canada’s Boreal, Indonesian rainforests and North America’s coastal temperate rainforests.
Most citizens have embraced home recycling with enthusiasm. Participation rates are high and blue boxes are full, which is great.
And there is still a lot of room for improvement as an extraordinary amount of paper still ends up in our landfills every year.
Canopy is working hard to promote and advance the use of recycled paper in books, magazines, newspapers and the printing sector, together with large print customers. A key component of our policy development with partner brands is maximizing the use of post-consumer recycled fibre.