Why Eco Paper Is Beneficial to the Environment
In 2011, almost 67% of paper consumed in the US was recycled. Every ton of paper recycled saves more than 2.75 m2 of landfill space. If measuring by weight, more paper is recovered for recycling than plastic, aluminum and glass combined.
How is paper recycled?
Paper recycling is the process by which paper is separated from other products, than sorted into different grades. The sorted paper then will be stored in bales for then to be transferred to the mill for processing.
Once at the mill pulpers shred the paper into small pieces. This mixture of paper, water, and chemicals is heated and the pieces of paper break down into fibers. Then it is pressed through a screen to remove adhesives and other remaining contaminants and sometimes ink is also removed. At this point, the pulp is sent through a machine that sprays it onto a conveyor belt. Water will drip through the belt’s screen, and the paper fibers will start bonding together. After that heated metal rollers will dry the paper, and the paper will be put onto large rolls, which can be made into new paper products.
What is Eco Paper?
Eco Paper is an environmental product made from recycled paper products that are manufactured by a number of companies including:
- Green Mountain Shredding Inc.
- Paragon Technologies, Inc.
- Schreiner International
- Xplore Technologies, Inc.
What are the benefits of paper recycling?
In addition to the numerous environmental benefits, paper recycling provides economic benefits. Recycling paper also produces a great deal of revenue for the paper industry and saves paper producers a great deal of money.
One important benefit to using recycled paper is that recycled paper products have a recycling solution. Eco Paper made from recycled paper and a blue dye, comes in a blue tarp, is biodegradable, and compostable. These products are an alternative to many commercial paper products such as magazines and catalogs.
Why is Eco Paper beneficial to the environment?
When trees are planted to make paper, they are first cut down and then either sawed in half or cut into squares before they are made into a paper product. Eco Paper is made from the remains of recycled paper – everything that is not good for paper. We get the benefit of the trees’ fibers while being a good steward of the environment. Each Eco Paper sheet is created using less energy, water, and chemicals than conventional paper. Eco Paper is made in the United States using 100% virgin pulp and contains no recycled content.
Eco paper pros and cons
Eco paper is widely used in commercial paper applications such as stationery, packaging, tissue and other purposes. The use of the Eco Paper is highly regulated. While there are two types of Eco Paper, Recycle Tec and Rayon Eco, it can only be used in commercial applications and is not used for wrapping purposes. Each application has specific requirements that ensure that the paper complies with local and international regulations.
Rayon Eco is a more sustainable process for recycling paper. It uses a special thermo-chemical procedure in which the acid used to dissolve cellulose forms acid-resistant bonds with the cellulose fibers instead of destroying them. The Rayon Eco process uses approximately 2.5 times less acid than conventional pulping.
The U.S. government has mandated the use of recycled paper materials for all government documents over the next 20 years, which is good news for manufacturers and consumers.