Paper has been a part of our everyday lives for centuries now. Initially, it was invented as a means of communication. However, as the digital age has come to pass, paper has started to be used mainly for packaging. We clearly still use a large amount of this material. But what comes from this mass production and usage?
Paper comes from trees. Of all the trees harvested for industrial use, a majority of it goes towards producing paper. Deforestation remains one of the most concerning environmental issues, as it leads to the loss of animal and plant species, due to their loss of shelter. Deforestation is also causing an increase in greenhouse gases, changing the composition of our atmosphere.
Paper manufacturing requires an enormous amount of water. In fact, the pulp and paper industry uses the most water out of any industry for their materials, with about five litres of water used to make just one piece of A4 paper. Moreover, pulp mills are also largely responsible for air, water and land pollution, releasing hazardous toxins, into our atmosphere.