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.

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ellehcimeo's picture
ellehcimeo
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okay. all things being equal, let's say that this is true.
the rainforests' teetering state isn't because of paper production.

so the trees are safe. what about all the untreatable chemicals that are being dumped into freshwater lakes and into the ocean, and subsequent air pollution from... paper manufacturers?

what about the production of printing inks, and the process of mass printing? as far as i know, that's toxic, there are soy based inks for printing, but i suspect (it's a suspicion mind you) that they aren't widely used.

i don't know the answer. anyone else? TRICKY, do you know? any idea where to find trustworthy info on this? where did you get the info you posted? i'm going to do some searching tonight.

TRICKY's picture
TRICKY
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what do you wish to know?

ellehcimeo's picture
ellehcimeo
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where did you get the info you posted? i'd like to check it out too. i'm not questioning your methods or anything like that, i just like keeping myself informed, and i hadn't read that about trees and paper production.
do you know of any other sources that i could check out for environmental issues. i like the David Suzuki one, and i do random searches on the net and read the newspapers online as much as i can to keep up.

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TRICKY
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okay admit you hate me .....ok check this one....www.paperonline.org

ellehcimeo's picture
ellehcimeo
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not until you admit you are madly in love with me and just love to get me all fired up and in a dither.
thanks for posting the link!

btw, i don't hate you. maybe.

TRICKY's picture
TRICKY
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what makes you think i want to do something like that?
i really enjoy blogging with you in fact i enjoy blogging with everyone in this site :)
have a wonderfull day even if its grey

ellehcimeo's picture
ellehcimeo
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fine. keep your undying love a secret. i'll know the truth.

i like blogging with you and everyone else too. luckily, it's a gorgeous blue-sky-sunny-day so far.

ivanlim's picture
ivanlim
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actually, both of you have good arguements.
Tricky should also point out that these trees that are planted are solely for paper production.
it's some high yield trees which are 'manufactured' and not the natural forests we see everywhere.

as for the ink... that's something i need to research into.

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Guest

ok this is shit!

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