Myths of Recycled Paper

Exploding the Myths

Recycled Paper:  Exploding the Myths

Paper and paper products are the largest single component of society’s waste stream.  The movement to recycle paper and manufacture products is primarily an effort to reduce the amount of costly, disposable waste.  When we choose to use recycled paper for our businesses and homes, we don't have to sacrifice quality.  Recycled paper is readily available in many high quality grades meeting the same technical specifications as virgin (tree) paper.  The quality of recycled paper has improved significantly over the years, so that it performs well in office copiers, fax machines, printers and printing machines.

The First Paper Mill in the U.S.  Recycled

Believe it or not, the very first paper mill originated in the U.S. colonies in 1690 close to Philadelphia, and operated as a recycling mill.  The paper mill created paper from recycled cotton and rags.  It wasn't until the 1800s that papermakers learned to make paper from trees.  Back then papermakers thought the resources of the forest were limitless and capable of constantly renewing itself.  Today we realize that our natural resources do have limits and sustainable alternatives must be implemented to protect the world's environment.

Just the Facts

Recycled paper is widely used in products today.  Newspapers, magazines, books catalogs, direct mail, tissue and towel products, packaging products and more use recycled paper.  Still, there are many myths surrounding recycling and recycled paper.

Next you will find the 10 most common myths of recycled paper.

Misconceptions and myths about recycled paper are dispelled in this article.  Recycled paper is high in quality, inexpensive and readily available.