Reduce the energy and water required to make paper

Making paper is both energy and water intensive. In 2021, the industry’s global carbon footprint was estimated to be 190 million tonnes – a figure that is expected to rise until 2030, when paper production is projected to peak. I guess we use a LOT of paper!! Although my work life is digital and I rarely print anything, I get paper junk mail (catalogs and fliers) all the time by US Postal Service. And, my kids use a lot of toilet paper and paper towels!

We can all use less paper, but science can also help reduce the carbon footprint of paper making.