Reuse and Recycling

Nearly all types of solid wood can be reused. Wood can be salvaged from old buildings, bridges and wharfs and used again in modern décor, from furniture to flooring. Smaller, less valuable wood scraps can be collected and used to make particleboard and other composite products. 

Similarly, paper can be recycled and reused many times, taking the pressure of forests. In 2010, more than half the fibre – 53 per cent – used in global paper production came from recovered paper, up from 43 per cent in 2000. Even with higher global paper consumption in the future, we would need less virgin wood than we do today if we recycled more. Better sorting of waste, technological advances in recycled fibres, smart product design, enabling re-use and recycling, as well as responsible consumer choices can all contribute to making less resource-intensive products.

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Share WHY reuse and recycling is important and HOW it can help safeguard forests.


Eliseo Paiva 20-Dec-2016 16:48 GMT

I'm a graphic designer, so I want to know what kind of recicle paper can I use for the company that I working in. We use a lot of publicity printed on different type of paper, we want to know how we can save the world using recicle paper. Did you know type of it?.

Thanks a lot.

Emmanuelle 21-Mar-2016 15:11 GMT

How to scale up? Governments and cities have to put system - or better systems- in place: separate waste collection, for consumers but also small to large enterprises. General awareness needs to be raised. Companies can also put in place closed-loop system to recover their waste and directly re-use them, like packaging. Actually, there is no more waste, only ressources...

Julius Raomanyane 15-Mar-2016 13:15 GMT

Regulate destruction of forests through implementation of two pieces of forestry legislation - National Forest Act & National Forest Fire Act - that promote prevention of forest fires.

Paivi Salapakivi 15-Mar-2016 13:15 GMT

Improved resource efficiency - water, energy, raw materials and waste; new, innovative products compensating fossils

Khaled Misbahuzzaman 15-Mar-2016 13:14 GMT

In our institution we recycle materials from old and broken furniture to reshape and refinish them to make new products.

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