Here are some common fictions about paper boxes, and the facts

Fiction: Every time we need a paper box, we cut down a tree.paperboxes_Fact and Fiction

Fact: Most paper boxes manufactured in Canada are made from 100% recycled material: old corrugated boxes collected from the back of supermarkets and factories or from curbside; used printing and writing paper; old newspapers; or old boxboard itself. So no fresh trees are required. One mill uses virgin material (mostly wood chips and sawmill residues) and another blends this together with their recycled fibre to make boxes. The chips are left over from lumber operations that produce timber for building homes and hospitals. > Click on Trees


Fiction: Canada is running out of trees.Industryharvests

Fact: That tiny little white box in the top right hand corner represents what the  whole Canadian forest industry (pulp, paper, lumber, and other products) harvested of the commercial forest in the most recent year for which data are available (0.2%). By law, those forests must be regenerated, and they are. About 60% of the harvest is currently regenerated through tree planting and direct seeding (over 500 million seedlings per year or 1.46 million seedlings per day), while the remainder is regenerated naturally. Provincial legislation ensures that the industry balances what it harvests with the growth of new forests. >Click on Trees


Fiction: Paper boxes (and paper packaging in general) are responsible for a massive amount of deforestation in Canada.

Fact:  According to Natural Resources Canada, only 0.01 per cent of Canada’s forest, wooded and tree-covered land was deforested in 2015. The deforestation we all hear about is primarily of the world’s tropical forests, not forests in Canada, and not where Canadian box material is sourced. The major causes of deforestation in Canada are converting land to agriculture, oil and gas extraction, and urban development. The paper packaging industry is not responsible for any net deforestation because the Canadian forest industry actively regenerates forest by replanting and seeding to provincially-set sustainability levels.  Currently , timber is being harvested at rates more than 30% below the wood supply considered to mark the sustainable limit. > Click on Trees