Australia’s paper industry, of which Padtastic is a part, is committed to protecting the resources and biological systems of the world in which we live. So, despite paper being part of our lives for thousands of years, the paper we use today is actually very different to the paper we used in the past. Today, in Australia, our paper is made from natural and renewable resources. It’s also completely biodegradable, compostable and recyclable.
This is great news as the paper industry provides jobs for millions of men and women. It also provides gorgeous products for us to enjoy, such as the personalised printed products in the Padtastic range.
Paper production actually supports sustainable forest management. The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry reports that Australia’s planted forests doubled in size from about one million hectares in 1994 to two million hectares in 2010.
Planted forests are more productive and grow faster than naturally occurring forests. They can also prevent soil degradation and erosion, and provide new habitat shade, shelter and wildlife corridors.
Paper is one of the most recycled products in the world. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that, in 2012, 95 per cent of Australian households recycled or reused their paper products. However, without new fibre from sustainable forests, the paper cycle cannot begin.
The pulp paper and print industry is one of the smallest emitters of greenhouse gas emission of all major industry sectors. The Australasian Industry Paper Industry Association Ltd reports that, in Australia, 31 per cent of energy used by the pulp and paper sector comes from renewable sources.
So banish those feelings of guilt as you use paper in your everyday life. The industry behind the product you love really does have the future in mind in everything it does.