Discover Sustainable, Eco-Friendly Paper Choices: From Scrap & Recycled to Stone Paper - Which Should You Choose?
Have you given thought to the mundane, single-use paper you use every day? 📝 This disposable but essential item made of precious natural resources is used daily for printing or writing notes at work; for leisure journaling, drawing or painting; to keep our lives organised with lists and schedules. Paper comes and goes so easily we barely give it a second thought🌳
So, we’re uncovering the secrets behind various types of paper, and why you should explore environmentally friendly options like reusing scrap paper or the innovative stone paper as sustainable alternatives. It's easier than you think to switch your paper type seamlessly to write or sketch just as comfortably, but more sustainably!✍🏽🌱
The paper we've grown up with is made from wood pulp. To create wood-based virgin paper (paper made of all-new materials), trees are harvested, pulped with over 90,000 litres of water💧and bleached to make just one tonne of virgin paper sheets that we scribble on.
The environmental impact of mass tree felling to make this daily staple is a genuine concern.
🌳From planting seedlings to becoming the paper in front of you takes 15-20 years
🌳Up to 15 billion trees are cut down each year to make commodities including paper
🌳Deforestation releases carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, causing climate change.
Recycled paper is only a temporary fix for helping the trees that make your paper. While it gives paper another life, recycled paper needs a vast amount of energy, water (45,000 litres to make just one tonne of recycled paper💧) and chemicals to pulp and de-ink, not to mention the pollution generated by its production🌏
It can then only be recycled 5-7 times as the fibres become too weak.
The limitations of recycled paper ignite the question, why aren’t we reusing what we have first BEFORE recycling?
Imagine your old office documents transformed into notebook pages, ready to capture new ideas. It helps reduce waste immensely simply by reusing paper from drafts, bills, mail, misprints (that last line that just didn’t make the previous page!), photocopies, kids’ artwork and activity sheets - the list is endless! 📜📜
Reusing paper supports the circular economyand reduces landfill waste for your sustainable lifestyle.
That's right - stone!🪨 The innovative stone paper is made from 80% recycled limestone or marble collected from industry cast-offs, then crushed and mixed with non-toxic recycled HDPE resin. The result? Tree-free, acid-free, and bleach-free paper that's recyclable and waterproof. Without wood fibres, stone paper gives you a smoother, sustainable writing experience.
Every tonne of stone paper used saves 20 trees and 29,000 litres LESS water than recycled paper, leaving a much smaller environmental footprint compared to wood-based virgin or recycled paper.
Tear-resistant and water-resistant, it's also durable and ideal for notebooks that last!🌳
Your choice of paper can be a small yet impactful way to contribute to a greener planet. From recycled and scrap paper's humble beginnings to the wonders of stone paper, each option has its own unique benefits.
So, next time you're shopping for paper, consider the environment and make a choice that reflects your commitment to a more sustainable future. Remember, every sheet counts towards a greener world. 🌿📜
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