New Eco-Link Explores Paper Production, Fiber Sources and Environmental Impacts

Understanding supply chains by recognizing environmental impacts resulting from raw material production, collection, transport, use and disposal 


(Minneapolis, MN) -, an online environmental education resource hub, announces the release of a new Eco-Link publication, Tree-Free Paper: A Path to Saving Trees and Forests? Research used to produce this Eco-Link comes from a Dovetail Partners report of the same name. 


Paper can be produced from a wide variety of raw materials. Though wood has generally been found to be the most cost-effective source of fiber, non-wood fiber has long been used in papermaking in some parts of the world, and some non-wood use continues today. It is important to recognize that production, collection, transport, and use of all raw materials result in environmental impacts. Fully understanding supply chains is critical to determining environmental attributes of any product. Findings of various investigations into environmental impacts of alternative fiber and paper production systems are highlighted in the new Eco-Link.'s Eco-Links are a great way to learn about forest ecosystems and explore related fields, issues and options. Eco-links are available as free PDF downloads on and may also be purchased in hard-copy.


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