1. Recycling conserves resources
Using recycled content in manufacturing products reduces reliance on virgin resources.
The European Recycling Council3 says, “Paper recycling is perceived by the public as being the most effective way to reduce environmental impacts of using paper. For the industry, recycled fibres are an indispensable source of raw materials, supporting industry’s resource efficiency.”
Recycling one tonne of paper can save around 17 trees.
2. Recycling saves energy
Recycling paper can save around 60% of the energy required to manufacture from virgin raw materials4.
Not only does the process of procuring virgin resources require significant energy and labour, it can also result in other negative impacts like water or air pollution, and localised impacts on communities and ecosystems5.
Recycling one ton of paper can result in 4,100KWh of energy savings6.