Virgin paper requires commercially grown forests. This causes loss of valuable wildlife habitats and ecosystems, as old forests have been replaced by managed plantations, usually of fast-growing conifers.
Manufacturing recycled paper requires less energy than producing virgin paper so produces lower carbon dioxide emissions. By using waste paper to produce new paper a demand is created for paper to be recycled.
We use 12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard every year in the UK.
Source: Confederation of Paper Industries