Editor’s note: Arbor Day, which falls on April 28 this year, was established in the United States in 1872 as a day to plant and care for trees. To mark the event, Gary M. Scott, chair of the Paper and Bioprocess Engineering Department at SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, answers five questions about the pulp and paper industry – a major consumer of trees. 1. Does paper manufacturing contribute to deforestation? Pulp and paper companies often are accused of cutting down trees to make paper. However, 39 percent of the fiber used for papermaking comes from recycled paper. Most of the remaining wood is obtained either through forest thinning (removing slow-growing or defective trees) or from lumber milling residues – materials that otherwise would go unused. Only 36 percent of timber harvested in the United States is used directly to make paper and paperboard. Each year the amount of wood harvested from U.S. forests is much less than annual forest growth. Land covered by forests in the United States increased by 4.5 percent between 1997 and 2012, even as suburban development expanded. click Read More below for more of the story
From the high use of water and pesticides to produce cotton, to the climate impact of manufacturing synthetic fibres, the fashion industry is one of the most resource intensive industries in the world.
In response, the fashion industry is increasingly looking to implement sustainability within its supply chains. This week, we are at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit to promote our solution directly to fashion brands and retailers. The solution? Forests, of course!
Forests provide materials and fibres for many of the common consumer products we use today. Yarn from cypress, beech and eucalyptus trees can make fibres for clothing. Cork and wood can be used for not only clothing, but accessories too. Check out the shoes we are taking to the Summit, made from eucalyptus and natural rubber.
These materials are environmentally friendly, requiring considerably less energy and water to produce compared to cotton and other synthetic fibres. The production of forest fibres uses one third of the energy and 1/60 of the water compared to the production of cotton.
Not to mention all the other benefits that forests provide. Mitigating climate change, maintaining water quality and stabilizing soil; providing food and income to millions of people and home to for an extraordinary amount of biodiversity; to name a few.
Make sure it’s certified!
But we need to ensure that the forest fibres used to make our clothes originate from sustainably managed forests, and that we produce them in a sustainable and ethical manner.
“This is the message we are taking to the Summit,” said Fabienne Sinclair, Head of Marketing at PEFC International.
“Forest fibres have the potential to transform the fashion sector. But it is vital that these forest fibres originate in sustainably managed forests, which will be around for generations to come. This is where PEFC certification comes in.”
more at: https://pefc.org/news-a-media/general-sfm-news/2535-the-forest-solution-pefc-fashion-and-sustainable-supply-chains