Billions of trees are cut down worldwide every year to make paper.
The trees are cut into logs and transported to the paper mill.
The logs are turned into a mushy pulp and dried into paper.
We make different kinds of paper for books, magazines, tissues and other products.
Paper can’t be recycled forever. After six or seven times, the fibres become too brittle to be used again.
More and more paper is recovered to be recycled.
But millions of tonnes of valuable fibres that could be reused end up buried in the ground.
Based on the original book ‘How We Make Stuff’ by Christiane Dorion, Templar Publishing, 2012.
Website text by Christiane Dorion - Design by Harriet Pellereau.
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