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Two Sides North America released three new fact sheets addressing key environmental topics related to paper and print.

Paper recycling not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions, it also extends the supply of wood fiber, saves landfill space and often decreases the amount of energy needed to produce new products.  Some highlights include – The recovery rate for paper and paper-based products in the US is 68.1%.

In Canada, nearly 70% of all paper and cardboard are recycled. This recovery percentage puts Canada among the top recycling countries in the world.

Recovered fibers are used by almost 80% of all US paper mills. This fiber is used to make paper-based packaging, tissue products, office paper, and more.

Sustainably managed forests in North America are a continuously replenished, renewable resource. For example, US forests expanded from 1987 to 2012 and remained stable over the next five years.

Half of the total global certified forests are in North America. Third-party certification programs such as FSC, SFI and CSA ensure that forest management is economically viable, ecologically sound, and socially just.

“Our 2019 North American consumer survey shows that there is a need for more public education on the topic of sustainable forest management, the real causes of deforestation and the great recycling story of print and paper.  Once people understand the unique sustainable features of paper-based products, such as the high rate of recycling and the renewable aspect and benefits of well-managed forests – their views of forest products become much more positive,” states Phil Riebel, president of Two Sides North America.

The fact sheet also outlines key facts related to Canada, such as the state of the forest, forest management and certification, recycling, environmental performance and goals.

All Two Sides North America fact sheets can be downloaded from www.twosidesna.org.