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Raw materials: Paper is planted and recycled

Plantations are damaging to the environment

Myth: Plantations are damaging to the environment

Fact:

Paper plantations are efficient carbon sinks

Paper plantations store 28 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent

Plantations of fast growing species (eucalyptus, pine) are large CO2 sinks and help to halt climate change. Once the wood reaches maturity, it ceases to capture carbon, so these productive plantations are an environmental opportunity. The 420,580 hectares of pine and eucalyptus plantations for paper store 28 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent. ASPAPEL. Memoria de Sostenibilidad 2015

The carbon stored is not released when the tree is felled, but rather remains in the forestry products. For example,  in  books,  the  paper  is  stored  for  decades  -and  generations-  in  our  libraries;  and  through recycling, the paper extends the term of that carbon sequestration.

1 kilo of paper stores 1,3 kilos of CO2

depending on the proportion of cellulose fibres comprising it*

Plantations allow effective control of soil erosion thanks to their roots and help to regulate the water
cycle through their branches and leaves that retain rain water, so it reaches the ground with less force,
remains on the surface and gradually penetrates the deepest layers.
 
Plantations are managed sustainably, assuring maintenance of their ecological, social and economic
functions, which is certified through forestry certification systems such as FSC, PEFC...

(*) According to the procedure to calculate CO2 included in the paper -biogenic-.

 
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