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Paper: A natural response to development

One must only use recycled paper: only recycled paper is ecological

Myth: One must only use recycled paper: only recycled paper is ecological

Fact:

Recycling takes place throughout the whole cycle of use of the wood fibre

Virgin and recycled fibra are the same fibre at two moments of their life cycle.

Cellulose fibre from wood, which is a natural, renewable resource, is the fundamental raw material to
manufacture paper.

When that cellulose fibre is used for the first time to manufacture paper, it is called virgin fibre. When that same cellulose fibre is reused successive times, it is called recycled fibre.

That cycle of uses requires a certain amount of virgin fibre to be added to remain in operation:

  • The fibre gradually deteriorates through successive uses (it may be recycled up to approximately eight times).
  • There are certain types of paper used for specific purposes that have certain technical characteristics only virgin fibre provides, due to which virgin fibre is preferably used for such paper.

The best contribution the citizen may make to responsible paper consumption is to collaborate in the
recycling process, separating used paper from other waste and depositing it in the blue bin.

ASPAPEL: Sustainability Report

 
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