Antonio Pineda, director of BALTO print, in an interview with magazine, breaks down myths about paper and books.

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Do we contribute to deforestation by buying a book?

No, it’s a myth! Only about 13 percent of the world’s harvested wood is used to make paper. In Europe, even 80 percent of the materials used in the press come from sustainable sources. Certification schemes are used to ensure this, so we can say that the European paper industry makes a strong contribution to sustaining forests.

It is said that forests are rapidly disappearing, is this true?

Myth! If you buy a book made in Europe, you can rest assured that we will save the forests for future generations. From 2005 to 2020, the area of ​​European forests is growing by 2 percent. every year. That’s an area of ​​1,500 football fields per day!

Does book production deplete energy resources?

No. According to the source of energy consumed, the European pulp and paper industry is the greenest, with 62 percent primary energy comes from renewable sources. The total consumption of primary energy is now lower than it was at the beginning of this century, because in 2010-2018 it was managed to be reduced by 11.6 percent. This is indeed a great achievement!

Myth or truth that printing pollutes the environment?

Myth! Paper even lives several lives. in 2020 A total of 56 million tons of paper were collected and recycled in Europe, reaching as much as 74 percent processing level. More book production in Europe (than elsewhere) is great news for the Earth, as it uses much more recycled paper and much cleaner energy.

Is the paper recycling cycle high in CO2 emissions?

No. The environmental impact of our paper consumption is not as great as it is thought to be. Every European uses an average of 119 kg of paper every year. This amount of paper produces 73 kg of CO2, which is equivalent to about 600 km distance, driving an average European car, i.e. from Vilnius to Klaipėda and back. By using paper from sustainably managed forests, when we recycle it we can feel at ease about using this natural and renewable product.

Does the BALTO print printing house conserve nature?

True! We invest a lot in modern and efficient equipment, so every year we reduce the amount of resources needed to produce one book. For example, from 2019 until 2022 we reduced the amount of water used by 24 percent and electricity – by 15 percent. Even 96.28 percent all our waste is recycled and all the electricity we use is 100 percent. from renewable sources!