I recycle, doesn’t that make it okay?
Recycling is good, but it’s not the answer. It takes trees, energy and water to make paper. It takes trucks and airplanes to get that paper to your door.
When you recycle, it needs to be hauled to a facility, sorted, shipped somewhere else for processing, turned into pulp and remade into paper. All the while more energy and water are being used and pollution created.
The answer is to first reduce: Use Less. Then reuse what you can as scrap paper and finally, recycle.