The numbers are in! Paper is, once again, one of the most recycled materials in the U.S. Our industry has maintained continuously high recycling rates for more than a decade. In 2021, the paper recycling rate climbed to 68%, a rate on par with the highest rate previously achieved.  

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its March 2022 Printing-Writing Monthly report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments increased one percent in March compared to March 2021, while U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers increased three percent in March compared to the same month last year.

According to the statistics released by China Customs on China Log and Lumber Imports, softwood log imports had a total volume of 49.876 million m³ in 2021, and a value of $7.878 billion. This represented a year-on-year increase of 6% in volume and an increase of 44% in value compared to 2020.

Like other sectors, paper and board is bouncing back from the economic downturn brought about by Covid-19. But new trends on how we use these materials, first exacerbated by the pandemic, are now looking like more profound changes in our consumption patterns.

While pulp and paper manufacturers have long considered themselves part of a sustainable industry due to their use of virgin fibers and recycled paper, they are feeling various impacts as consumers and governments increase pressure on businesses in all industries to reduce their environmental impact.

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