What Can Recycled Paper Be Used For?

Recycled paper and paperboard can be used to make egg cartons, masking tape, animal bedding, paper money, coffee filters, car insulation and dust masks. It can also be used to manufacture hospital gowns, paper towels, writing paper, lamp shades, bandages, globes and some 5,000 products used in every day life.

About 33 percent of all paper products made in the U.S. are manufactured from recycled paper, while the remaining 66 percent are made from scraps from saw mills, wood chips, other plants and whole trees. In order to be used to make new products, paper and other paper items must go through a process at a paper mill where all contaminants are eliminated from the recyclable material.