Facts

Fact & Figures

  • Every year European forests grow to the equivalent of 1.5 million football pitches.
  • Europe recycles 72% of its paper
  • 84% of the industry’s raw materials come from Europe
  • Between 2005 and 2013, the CO2 emissions of the European pulp and paper industry were reduced by 22%
  • In the UK and Europe the collection of packaging is hugely successful with over 80% recovered for recycling.
  • According to a recent survey 57% of UK consumers prefer paper-based packaging.
  • In the EU more paper-based packaging is recycled more than all other packaging material combined.
  • Paper is almost 2000 years old. That’s almost as old as Christianity itself.
  • As we speak, more than 199 tonnes of paper has already been produced.
  • Recycling 1 tonne of paper saves around 682.5 gallons of oil, 26,500 litres of water and 17 trees.
  • Lessening of paper usage was predicted due to the electronic revolution. It didn’t happen. Demand for paper is expected to double before 2030.
  • Recycled paper produces 73% less air pollution than if it was made from raw materials.
  • Over 12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard are used in the UK per year. This is the equivalent weight of 260 Queen Elizabeth cruise ships.
  • The average British family throws away 6 trees worth of paper in their rubbish bin per year.