Household paper threatens global forest resources
a recent report from the World Wide Fund for nature (WWF) pointed out that major household paper manufacturers did not provide sufficient recycled toilet paper, paper towels and sanitary towels to European customers, and should be more responsible for obtaining wood raw materials. As a global environmental protection organization, WWF said that this waste of forest resources is threatening the forest resources of the world
this new report analyzes the five largest household paper manufacturers in Europe - P & G, SCA, Kimberly Clark, metzer tissue and Georgia Pacific, which together supply 70% of the products in the European market. The study found that the vast majority of tissue products sold by these companies to European households contained very little recycled fiber. WWF said that without the knowledge of customers, a large number of high-quality native wood fibers from forests or plantations in Latin America, Canada, the United States, South Africa, Russia, Asia and Europe have become garbage
it is reported that the impact strength of European household paper is excellent every year, and the output value is about 8.5 billion euros. The consumption of household paper by pressing the [calibration] key once again accounts for 26% of the total consumption in the world, that is, every European uses 13 kilograms of paper towels made of advanced non-ferrous materials such as high-strength aluminum alloy, high-strength and tough titanium alloy, magnesium alloy, etc. every year, which is equivalent to about 220 rolls of toilet paper
"every day, about 270000 trees all over the world disappear into toilets or become garbage, so using forests is wasteful and unnecessary," Duncan Burrard, head of WWF European forest project, said. "Manufacturers should use more recycled fiber in their tissue products, because it means cutting down less trees."
wwf said that most of the toilet paper and tissue in offices, schools and hotels in Europe are made of recycled fiber, so the same products are unreasonable and cannot be sold in supermarkets. Manufacturers argue that retailers mostly need non renewable products because they are required by consumers
"consumers don't know that when they go to the bathroom, they may be posing a threat to the world's forests," Pollard said. "There is an absurd saying that the quality of recycled tissue products is not high. However, people spend most of the day using recycled tissue products after leaving their homes."
according to the WWF report, these companies also need to better inform consumers of the content of recycled fiber in their products. Customers should not be misled by the marks on the packaging. They should know that recycled ingredients should be used not only in the outer packaging, but also in the product itself
wwf encourages consumers to use recycled paper towels produced by the five major manufacturers at present, although this only accounts for a small part of their products. At the same time, they should use recycled paper towels produced by companies that account for only a small market share of the above situation. Consumers should also ask stores and supermarkets to purchase recycled paper towels
the report also warns that unsustainable logging, illegal logging and land use rights conflicts still exist in many primary wood exporting countries. WWF said that although these five companies have promised to effectively track the source of wood, only SCA has taken effective measures to prohibit the use of illegally collected or controversial wood to make paper products
information source: Science