Making new paper products from scrap paper results in significant energy savings and water use. For example, according to the EPA:
Each ton (2,000 pounds) of recycled paper produced requires 7,000 fewer gallons of water to manufacture than virgin paper.
Each ton of recycled paper produced requires approximately 4,100 kWh less energy than virgin paper.
According to the Department of Energy, the average American household consumes 10,656 kWh per year, 888 kWh per month, which would be approximately 5 homes worth of energy for one month if that one ton of paper is recycled.
Furthermore, manufacturing with scrap paper results in lower levels of harmful emissions into the environment compared to the pollution that results from virgin wood pulp paper manufacture. Specifically, the EPA has found that:
Making paper from recycled materials results in 64 percent in energy savings and 58 percent in water savings. This means that every ton of recycled paper keeps almost 60 pounds of air pollutants out of the atmosphere that would have been produced if the paper had been manufactured from virgin resources.
Recycling paper also helps to conserve our forests. Despite improved tree growing harvesting techniques, the use of wood pulp from trees cannot be depended upon to meet the long-term needs of the U.S. or even the world economy.
Making 1 ton of paper from recycled materials saves 17 trees from pulping. These 17 saved trees can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year.
Newhouse Printing's 16,328 lbs. of Recycled Paper Saved:
2041 Pounds of CO2
27 Cubic Yards of Landfill Space
58,000 Gallons of Water
34,000 Kilowatts of Electricity
8 Homes Heated for 6 Months
490 Pounds of Airpollutants
Totals courtesy of River Valley Paper Company-April 2013.