The ecological and social footprint of paper
No to wasteful paper use and irresponsible paper production
Paper is a renewable, recyclable material, potentially with a lower footprint than substitute materials, if managed responsibly, but the sector's size and impacts are expanding.
In some regions the expanding production and harvesting of pulp wood threatens the last remaining natural forests, their precious fauna and ﬂora, and the people who depend on them.
Yes to environmental and social best practicePaper has been an integral part of our cultural development and helps to increase levels of literacy and democracy worldwide. “Green” paper production and consumption is possible and protects biodiversity, our natural environment and human rights.
- 6 steps to responsible paper purchasing
- Find environmentally leading paper brands here
- Check out the Environmental Company Index of major paper producers
- WWF´s Guide to Buying Paper
RESPONSIBLE FINANCE IS KEYRead the latest news from the Environmental Paper Network (31 July 2017):
IN THE RED – BANK POLICIES FAIL TO ENSURE THEY WILL AVOID IRRESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT IN THE PAPER INDUSTRY
...badly established and managed plantations which threaten the livelihoods of forest dependent communities
...outdated mill technology which poisons the fauna and flora in the mills' surroundings
...corruption and Illegal logging which leads to unsustainable forestry
...bad employment conditions which puts workers' health at risk
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