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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…

Juno is an Innovative Recycling Technology

With its Juno technology, Georgia-Pacific is diverting trash from landfills and recovering valuable materials for recycling. John Mulcahy explains how this innovation works and why paper recycling is important.  

How the Paper Industry Champions Sustainable Forestry

The paper and wood products industry is a leader in promoting sustainable forest management. As a condition of membership, AF&PA members are committed to sustainable forest management and sourcing wood from responsibly managed forests. We source our trees from healthy, well-managed working…

Branching Out in the Paper and Wood Products Industry During Summer Internships

AF&PA hosted three summer interns in 2023, each passionate about sustainability in the paper and wood industry. Learn more about their findings from this summer on Capitol Hill and in D.C.

Let’s Set the Record Straight. Pizza Boxes are Recyclable.

We’re aiming to answer a common question that causes a lot of confusion across the United States: Are pizza boxes recyclable? We’re here to set the record straight. 

Why You Shouldn't Go Completely Paperless

There are benefits to taking a balanced approach between digital and paper-based options. Going completely paperless may not always be the best solution. Let's explore why.

Devoted to Paper Industry Advocacy and Legacy

Experience the inspiring journey of David Wise, Vibration Analyst at WestRock. He champions sustainability in the paper industry as Chairman of the Pulp and Paper Workers Resource Council, advocating for growth and jobs. Witness his dedication on Capitol Hill and the legacy he passes on.

Talking Sustainability with Young Innovators

We took a moment to the 2022-2023 U.S. Blue Sky Young Researchers Innovation Award winners about what sustainability means to them, why STEM careers are important and what forest product industry innovations they’re excited about. 

Is the Paper Industry Sustainable? 

People want to know, is the paper industry really sustainable? The answer is yes! Your essential paper products are sustainable. The paper industry is a leader in sustainability, taking steps to reduce GHG emissions, increase energy efficiency and advance sustainable forest management.   …