no ecological problems yet from cutting trees to make a4papers so our industry can thrive.....ouf
Are we cutting down the world's trees just to make paper?
No. Forest surface is increasing by 340,000 hectares per year. In the developed world, advantage is taken of the massive research which has been devoted to developing the best strains and to planting and conservation techniques likely to produce the healthiest trees. The destruction of rainforests in South America and Indonesia is an ecological disaster, but has nothing to do with the papermaker. Fibre needed for papermaking does not come from tropical sources and 80% of the wood used by the European pulp and paper industry comes directly from Europe.
Will the world's trees ever be exhausted?
At current rates of usage, trees for papermaking and other industrial uses will last forever; more wood is growing than is being cut down. Europe, for example, now has reserves of wood greater than a hundred years ago, despite the enormous growth of wood usage during the last fifty years. Forest stocks are being further conserved by the rapidly increasing use of recovered paper for the manufacture of paper and board. Over 30% of the world's papermaking fibres now derive from recovered paper and board. Wood is one of the very few raw materials used by a major industry which is infinitely self-renewing. Under Sustainable Forest Management less wood is felled than produced. When the amount of wood harvested is divided by the net annual increment od forests we have a result of 65%, that means approximately one third of growing stock is left in the forest.