Paper Myths and Facts
Paper has been an integral part of our cultural development.
It is imperative to humankind. It will not be an exaggeration to say that paper has become an integral part of our lives. When it comes to weighing the pros and cons, it’s of vital importance that we separate verifiable facts from opinions. Read on to bust some myths about paper!
Myth - Paper is bad for the environment.
Fact - Paper is one of the most environmentally sustainable products. Paper is biodegradable, recyclable and is produced from sources which are renewable and sustainable. Use of paper in education, packaging, e-commerce and sanitation is much more environment-friendly than available alternatives, and needs to be promoted vigorously.
Myth - Paper production leads to loss of green cover
Fact - Agro forestry by paper industry is enhancing the country's green cover, leading to carbon sequestration and mitigating the harmful effects of climate change. So far over 12 lakh hectares of mainly degraded land has been brought under pulpwood plantation by Paper Industry in the country. Usage of paper is thus good for the environment.
Myth - Paper production is a major cause of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Fact - Most of the energy used for paper production is renewable and carbon intensity is surprisingly low. With 1% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, the value chain of pulp, paper and print is one of the lowest industrial emitters
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