In recent years, several companies have developed lines of book-quality recycled paper, which is generally made by bleaching the ink out of once-virgin fiber and reconstituting it into new paper.
(The New York Times Company uses an average of 27 percent recycled content in its newsprint.)
Where does paper for books come from?
Wood pulp is found in rayon material, laundry detergent, tires, and transmission belts. The trees used to make paper in the United States come mostly from softwood forests-mostly pine-in the South and West.
How much paper is used for books each year?
Every year, Americans use more than 90 million short tons of paper and paperboard. That’s an average of 700 pounds of paper products per person each year. Every year in America, more than 2 billion books, 350 million magazines, and 24 billion newspapers are published.
Are books more environmentally friendly?
Tony Cenicola/The New York Times Which has the higher carbon footprint, a Kindle or a conventional book? A new study analyzing the Amazon Kindle electronic book reader’s impact on the environment suggests that, on average, the carbon emitted over the life of the device is offset after the first year of use.
How much paper is wasted each year?
Americans use 85,000,000 tons of paper a year; about 680 pounds per person. The average household throws away 13,000 separate pieces of paper each year. Most is packaging and junk mail. In 1993, U.S. paper recovery saved more than 90,000,000 cubic yards of landfill space.