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The global paper industry plants millions of trees each year – for your benefit and for the benefit of the environment

 

It has been a long time since forests have been felled to produce paper. The opposite is true – they are being planted!

 

The cliché according to which the paper industry is causing the destruction of the rain forests has not been valid for a long time. The cellulose producers manage millions of dunams of forests that were planted especially for this reason, while meticulously protecting the quality of the environment.

 

The green lungs of planet earth

The forests fulfil a necessary function in maintaining the ecological balance and the health of the Earth and its residents, by means of production of oxygen and reduction of the quantity of CO2, stop fertile areas becoming deserts, and provide of a habitat for a huge diversity of flora and fauna.

 

Illegal tree clearing is a primary cause of global warming – however the paper industry has no part in this. On the contrary, by uncompromising preservation of natural forests on the one hand, and planting of millions of farmed forests on the other, the paper industry is reducing millions of tons of greenhouse gases and helps with the restoration of the environment.

 

How can you produce paper without harming the forest?

 

For decades the global cellulose industry has not used trees that have been felled in nature but rather they grow the trees that it needs itself, similar to the growth of wheat, cotton, fruit and any other agricultural product. As a result, the forests that the cellulose producers have planted in the designated areas grow continuously, notwithstanding the illegal felling.

 

Some data about the farmed forests

·        Currently cellulose is not produced from rainforests or jungles.

·        In the place of each tree felled for the production of cellulose 5 seedlings are planted.

·        During 1970-2000 the area of the industrial forests globally has increased by about 70% due to the increase in paper consumption.

Forest Farming”: What is this?
A “farmed forest” or a “sustainable forest” is a forest farmed according to ecological principles which guarantee its renewal and its health, and prevent harm to the biological diversity and the environment. The large cellulose producers work meticulously and are under the supervision of organizations such as FSC and PEFC responsible for the standardization and enforcement in the field of forestry.

 

Forest Farming”: Responsible Agriculture

 

The paper producers worldwide purchase cellulose from the producers farming the forests with strict principles of protection of the environment, conservation of natural areas adjacent to the forests and a high biological diversity; prevention of disturbance of the soil; leaving wide “corridors” for passage of animals and spreading of plants; encouragement of “natural interventions” such as fires and pasture, which contribute to the renewal of the forest and more. In parts of the forests the signs of renewal and the return of diverse flora and fauna which had almost disappeared are already visible!

Partners in the struggle against illegal felling

Paper producers worldwide support the international struggle against illegal felling and ensure that the timber that they purchase comes from a source approved by the international supervisory organizations. Paper producers worldwide are partners in the global effort for standardization and supervision of the entire supply chain for prevention of use of timber from an illegal source.

 

Would you like to know more?

Additional information (in English) for protection of the environment can be found at:

http://www.fsc.org

http://www.unep.org/billiontreecampaign