How recycled fibre changed Australian newsprint and magazines
Recycling newspapers and magazines allows wood to be recovered and live its life span repeatedly, as wood fibre can be reused about six times.
Australian made newsprint varies but typically contains around 30 per cent recycled fibre content.
Recycling newspapers and magazines saves energy and reduces greenhouse gases. Emissions arising from using recycled fibre are 59 per cent less than from virgin wood fibre.
Adding recycled fibre to a newspaper sheet allows a thinner and lighter sheet to be made and as a result, less newsprint is needed. Less fibre, power and transport all translate into a smaller carbon emissions footprint. The thinner sheet also means more paper is wrapped on each reel, providing economies in transport, handling and printing. Less rolls are required, reducing wrapper and roll waste by 7 per cent.
Clay used in the recycling process increases the opacity of each newsprint sheet, providing less ‘show through’ and making the print easier to read.