Clearing the Air about the Lifecycle of Paper
Understanding the lifecycle of paper is key in making informed and responsible decisions about the types of paper products you should support.
Freesheet. Groundwood. Recycled fiber. Upcycling. Downcycling. With so many paper production practices and sources, it’s easy to become confused about papermaking methods. From the forest to production to the end use, the processes and decisions made during the paper product lifecycle all have an impact on the environment.
Paper Manufacturing and the Environment
To understand how the paper lifecycle affects our environment, you need to become familiar with the key steps involved in papermaking, starting with pulping processes, the difference between freesheet and groundwood production, and the characteristics of upcycling and downcycling.
Learn why the benefits of Kraft manufacturing in the freesheet production process outweigh the mechanical pulping process of groundwood.
Understand the impact using recycled fiber has on the environment and paper product quality.
As the world’s top purchaser of abaca fiber, Glatfelter adheres to Rainforest Alliance and Sustainable Agriculture Network standards to ensure responsible harvesting of this “super fiber.”
Learn how the paper industry’s recycling and paper recovery rates keep improving.
Glatfelter will find ways to continuously improve, and we hope you do the same. If we can all understand the paper lifecycle, we can make more informed choices when selecting paper products.
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