Why Should Paper Be Recycled?

Paper recycling has been practiced for quite a long time now. If you think about it, paper is a product that has been recycled since the very beginning. For the first thousands of years that paper has been in existence, it was always created from discarded materials.

What are the benefits in paper recycling?

When paper is recycled, you conserve natural resources, reduce greenhouse, gas emissions, save energy and keep the landfill space free so that there will be enough room for other trash which cannot be recycled. If you recycle one ton of paper, you are able to save 17 trees, 380 gallons, 7,000 gallons of water, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space. The energy saved is enough to power the average home in the US for at least six months and then reduce the greenhouse emissions by a metric ton of carbon equivalent.

Who introduced paper to the world? The first person to make paper was a Chinese officer named Ts’ai Lun. In the year 105 AD, Ts’ai Lun stirred together a combination of used fishing nets, rags, grass and hemp and made these materials into the first ever real paper that the world had ever set foot eyes on. Before Ts’ai Lun made his famous invention, ancient people made use of papyrus to write on. The papyrus is a natural reed being used by ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans in creating a paper like material from the reed itself.

When did recycling begin? Making papers and producing papers from recycled materials first came to the United States in the year 1690 when William Rittenhouse who first learned to make paper in Germany founded the first paper mill in America on Monoshone Creek situated near Germantown which is now known as Philadelphia. Rittenhouse started to make his paper from discarded rags of linen and cotton and it was not until the 1800s that people living in the United States started to make their paper from wood fiber and trees.

Since then paper has been recycled. For companies operating today based on paper for their primary materials, recycling is high on its company advocacy. Paper Mart for example has been into the habit of recycling its paper products.

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