In Depth

The Case of the Missing Paper Fiber

How much fiber is lost from the paper life cycle and where does it go?

Each year, roughly 29% of all paper fiber falls out of the fiber cycle. About half of this amount (15%) is lost to 1) Archiving, books and files that are stored for long periods of time; and 2) Products such as tissue, that can only be used once. “Lost” fiber must be replaced in the fiber cycle by fresh fiber which has the potential to be re-used. The rest of the “missing” fiber (34% of recovered fiber) is exported.


More to come…check back for more on “Paper Fiber Material Flow”