Paper has been innovating for nearly two thousand years to meet mankind’s ever-changing needs and today it is an integral part of our daily life: as a print medium to communicate information and knowledge, as a packaging material, for daily hygiene, or as a special material for a variety of applications, from banknotes to medical filters. Throughout the day, each and every one of us is in permanent contact with this natural, renewable and recyclable material.
As with all production activities, papermaking uses resources. Unlike other materials, however, paper is made from wood, a renewable resource, and is a prime example of successful recycling.
Volumes and volumes have been written about paper, which is quite to be expected given its omnipresence in our lives. However, despite the length of time it has been with us, we are, to a large extent, still relatively ignorant about paper.
Environmental issues related to paper are a source of numerous misconceptions and untruths, which we would like to address.
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