In managed forests, for every tree cut down, three to four are replanted in its place. It’s estimated that there are 25% more trees in the developed world today than there were in 1901.
In Europe alone, forests are increasing annually by an area equivalent to more than 1.5 million football pitches.
Deforestation is generally occurring in the tropics but for a variety of reasons. The main cause of deforestation is either for agriculture or for domestic fuel requirements.
For every tree that is logged in managed forests, three to four trees are replanted. And as young trees grow, they absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. Furthermore, as a wood product, paper also continues to store carbon throughout its lifetime. Growing forests absorb carbon dioxide helping to counter the Greenhouse Effect.
On average it takes 500 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity to produce 200kg of paper, the average amount of paper that each of us consume each year.
Does 500 Kilowatt-hours sound a lot? It's the equivalent to:
• Burning a 60w light bulb continuously for one year
• The energy consumed by a typical household leaving its electronic equipment on stand-by for a year.
Paper & the Environment, ATS Consulting August 2007
Myth: Reducing Paper will save trees.
Trees are harvested for the high-value clear wood used in other industries such as construction and furniture making. The raw fibrous materials used for paper-making in Europe, on average include:
• 50% of fibre from recovered paper.
• 50% new or virgin fibre, most of which is a by product which may be potentially wasted:
13% comes from wood chips, saw dust and the tops of the harvested trees which are generally unmarketable.
• 20-25% comes from thinnings which is a management practice required during the
lifecycle of a forest to ensure that the forest remains healthy and is safe from risk of fire.