Why Does Paper Matter?
- Saves 24 trees, 4,100 kWh of energy, 20,000 litres of water, and 3 cubic metres of landfill;
- Reduces air pollution by three-quarters; and,
- Lowers water pollution by one third.
The impact on greenhouse gases which are affecting global climate is also impressive. The One-Tonne Challenge asked you to reduce your annual greenhouse gas emissions by one tonne to help address the threat of climate change.
The verdict is in from world scientists on climate change and the threat is serious, perhaps the most serious threat that the earth faces today.
Learn about the impact of producing paper and what you can do to help
Disrupted climate patterns producing a whole range of impacts such as:
Increased frequency and severity of extreme weather events, such as tsunamis, typhoons, hurricanes and ice storms; Species extinction due to weather changes wiping out habitat, food sources, or migration paths; Increased range of tropical diseases from insects; Increased forest fires and droughts with their attendant after-effects; Eroded fresh water quantity and quality impacting health and food supplies; Severe economic fallout from all of these and other climate change impacts Canada needs to act now with the rest of the world to reduce the threat of global climate change and here’s one easy way.
100% Recycled paper produced 37% less Greenhouse gas emissions than virgin fibre paper. That’s over 2000 pounds of Greenhouse Gases for every 40 cases of paper produced. You can save the weight of the paper you use in greenhouse gases by using 100% recycled paper and meet the one tonne challenge with 40 cases of paper.
Issues of fibre supply are overshadowed by the ecological implications of clear-cutting of ancient forests, compounded by the assorted sources of wood fibre, form natural forests to tree plantations.
The Common Vision
In 2002 the Environmental Paper Network, a coalition of American and Canadian environmental organizations, produced the Common Vision for Transforming the Paper Industry.