How Paper Manufacturers Can Reduce Their Environmental Impact
People and communities have relied on paper for centuries, and paper consumption is predicted to increase in the near future. While people often paint a negative picture about the paper manufacturing industry’s effects on the environment, this is mostly a result of misinformation. Still, although many of the beliefs and myths that have disparaged the industry are unsupported, there are still some legitimate concerns that, if ignored, could increase paper manufacturers’ environmental impact.
Environmental impact is something that’s always on the minds of paper manufacturers nowadays.People may think that a continued demand for paper will lead to the demise of trees and forests. However, in reality, the actual rate of deforestation has dropped dramatically even with the increase in demand for paper. This is due to the fact that manufacturers plant new trees for every one they cut down. As a matter of fact, in the US, the portion of the entire land area occupied by forest has risen more than 34,000 square miles over the past 30 years.
With care and expertise, there are various ways to be even more green, minimizing the environmental footprint to ensure a long and sustainable future for both paper manufacturers and the environment.
Recycling, for example, has played a huge role in reducing the impact of paper manufacturing, as it is used in countless applications nowadays – from products packaging, newspapers and catalogs, to products like bath tissue. While recycling is certainly a great contributor, paper life can’t be extended indefinitely. Paper can be recycled only five to seven times before the pulp fibers are too weak to be reprocessed. It must then be combined with virgin fibers to produce quality paper. There is no existing technology that eliminates the use of virgin fibers altogether, therefore necessitating the continuation of virgin wood paper making practices.
Here are more ways paper manufacturers can reduce their environmental impact.
Controlling and reducing waste is crucial in all industries and manufacturing processes. The paper making industry is no exception.
Waste is produced in packaging, shipping, and designing. Paper making can produce significant waste streams from wastewater treatment residuals, as well as boiler and furnace ash, ink and other printing consumable chemicals, pulp and paper, and production rejects.
Many businesses are engaging in waste stream recycle-and-reuse initiatives, with the relevant materials including paper fillers and fiber, and composting materials. Waste control will continue to improve as long as there is an increase in paper manufacturing residual usage.
Partnering for sustainability:
Working with a paper converter that is dedicated to sustainability is one of the ways in which paper manufacturers can improve the environment.
Paper manufacturers should choose partners that are able to customize products and packaging sizes. By choosing partner companies that are able to customize product sizes, waste from the outset will be reduced, thereby also contributing to lighter truckloads which ultimately reduce the fuel needed to transport those shipments.
Paper converters that regularly evaluate and work to improve their own in-house green initiatives also make significant improvements for the environment. As more businesses become more skilled at improving their processes and reducing their carbon footprints, current and new best practices will become more widespread.
How can you improve your business while reducing your impact to the environment? Attend ICE South East Asia, an event dedicated to world’s leading paper, film and foil converting industry players. The event runs from 5-7 September 2018 at Hall 106, the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC), Bangkok. Participants will learn about the latest industry innovations and be able to network with potential customers and partner companies.
Register for your free ticket here: http://www.ice-southeastasia.com/english/visitors/registration/