What goes around, comes around, if you recycle. Old corrugated boxes and brown paper bags are recycled into new bags. Old newspapers may be used to make tissues or cardboard. Magazines are often recycled into newsprint.
How is paper recycled?
Next, the used paper is repulped. The bales are soaked in large vats of
water until they break down into fibers. This soup of soggy fibers is
called "pulp." Fresh pulp made from wood chips may also be added to
strengthen the recycled paper.
Finally, the recycled and virgin fibers mat together to make paper as the
water is removed. Recycled paper is used to make new products.
Paper bag recycling closes the loop!
Recycled paper uses less energy, less water and produces less pollution than virgin paper. Recycling paper also saves landfill space and reuses wood fiber. Paper can be recycled 5 to 8 times before the fibers in the paper become too short and weak to be reused.
Video footage courtesy of KGW NewsChannel 8.
Paper or Plastic?
Question One: Which bag is made from a renewable resource?