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Facts About Energy Use and The Paper Industry

Energy is required to make paper and wood products. As a leader in sustainability, the forest products industry has made significant strides to increase energy efficiency, reducing purchased energy by more than 13% since 2005.  

What is Biomass Energy? 

The paper and wood products industry is part of a circular value chain that prides itself on sustainable practices. One of the ways we’re doing that is through the production of renewable biomass energy. Then we use that biomass energy to fuel our mills so we don’t have to use as much fossil fuels…

Are Paper Receipts Safe to Use?

Paper receipts are safe to use and handle. BPA is not used in paper receipts by U.S. producers. The paper industry is committed to product safety and innovation through continuous improvements in the manufacturing process making paper receipts the safe choice at checkout.

Why EPA Should Not Finalize the Particulate Matter NAAQS Standard

EPA is proposing an update to their National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter, PM2.5. However, their proposal threatens manufacturing industries, including the paper industry. Lowering the standard would threaten or prevent modernization projects and other major…

Are Tissue Products Sustainable?

Tissue products like toilet paper and paper towels are sustainably made. Take a closer look at how they are produced with sustainability in mind.

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Paper Manufacturing

Trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. That gets stored in forests and forest products. The forest products industry is also taking steps to improve greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy efficiency. In fact, the industry has reduced GHG emissions by more than 24% since 2005.

A Closer Look at How the Paper Industry Achieves Sustainability

Sustainability is an important consideration across industries. The paper industry was one of the first manufacturing industries to voluntarily set quantifiable sustainability goals. We have made significant strides toward sustainable forest management, resource efficiency and paper recycling.

WestRock’s Matt Hall Shares Excitement for the Future of Advocacy

Dive deeper into the story of Matthew Hall, an electrician at WestRock Company. He is stepping up to become Chairperson of the Pulp and Paper Workers Resource Council. Join us in congratulating Matt’s hard work and zeal as he takes his next big step to advocate for a more sustainable future.

Understanding the Circular Economy and the Forest Products Industry

The forest products industry is inherently circular in its supply chain. Trees are replanted to supply fiber and enhance the environment. And paper and packaging are recycled to make new products. This is how our industry is contributing to a more sustainable future. Learn more about our…

Why Preferences for Paper Matter in the Digital Age

Paper continues to offer many advantages. From permanent record-keeping to accessibility and sustainability. Paper provides a range of benefits that make it a valuable option today.

U.S. Paper and Cardboard Recycling Rates Continue to Hold Strong in 2022

Paper and cardboard continue to be some of the most recycled materials in the United States. In 2022, the paper recycling rate was 67.9% and the cardboard recycling rate was 93.6%. Paper recycling is successful because of the millions of people who recycle and the paper industry’s ongoing…

How Does AF&PA Calculate Paper and Cardboard Recycling Rates?

More than two-thirds of the paper used in the U.S. is recycled and used to make new sustainable paper products people use every day. That’s more than 50 million tons of paper. To unpack the paper and cardboard recycling rates further, we turned to AF&PA’s Executive Director of Recovered Fiber…