The Myth: Making Paper Always Destroys Forests
Making Paper Always Destroys Forests
Paper Production Supports Sustainable Forest Management
European Forests have grown by over 30% since 1950 and are increasing by 1.5 million football pitches every year – an area four times the size of London.
55% of the worlds wood harvest is used for energy and 25% construction. There are some other uses but paper only directly takes and in addition can utilise up to 7% from construction waste.
In some countries, Particularly in the tropics, there are issues over land rights and natural forest conversion to industrial plantations which are cause for concern to the paper industry, NGOs and consumers alike.
‘ The single biggest direct cause of tropical deforestation is conversion to crop land and pasture, mainly for subsistence.’
Well managed forests provide a natural habitat for wildlife. There is always room for improvement and the European Environment Agency (EEA) has stated that ‘Forestry practice in Europe is developing in a way that can be considered good for biodiversity.’ All imported pulp to Europe is covered by EU Timber Regulation which prohibits the import of wood products from illegally harvested timber.