Green Choices

Did you know? Paper is made using cellulose fibres, that are a natural and renewable material. Collecting and recycling paper extends the life of fibres. But paper consists of long fibers that become shorter and shorter every time it is recycled. The shorter the fibers become, the harder it is to recycle the paper. This means the paper can usually only be recycled about 5 to 7 times. After that, the fibers will become too short to be recycled again; from that point, it can be made into more of a paper paste and can be used for things like egg cartons. The paper recycling rate in Europe increased to 72.3% in 2017. In a year to year comparison, the total amount of paper collected and recycled has increased by 0.8% to 59.6 million tonnes; from a longer term perspective, recycling has increased by 49% (19.5 million tonnes) since 1998. A net volume of 9.5 million tonnes (15.9%) of the total 59.6 million tonnes was bought by third countries, mainly China. (Monitoring report, European Paper Recycling Council - October 2018)

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