Recycled paper is good for the environment as it reduces the need for forest harvesting, but recycled paper has limits. Recycled paper can not compete well with plain paper. Green products have to go head to head with plain paper and tree-free paper is on this challenge.
There is no doubt that the strong demand for pulp and paper products had a significant impact on forests. The most difficult forests to succeed have been the trees requiring forty to fifty years to reach maturity. You can view the range of a variety of papers that you can use in making your business cards, letterhead papers, memorial cards, etc.
The big paper industry calls forest products a renewable resource, but how many renewable renewals in five decades?
The large paper industry has slowly responded to public demands including products containing a fractional percentage of recycled material. I guess we are supposed to applaud the fact that a green book has arrived, but I say it's too little and too late.
The big problem with the use of recycled paper is the quality of the final product. A recycled paper product made with 100% recycled paper looks and feels like it is done with recycled material.
A paper made with recycled paper can have improved quality, but to the detriment of extended processing and bleaching that makes it too expensive to compete and itself has a greater impact on the environment by the necessary whitening agents.
Basically, recycled paper is in a gain-free situation with respect to competition with the large paper industry.
The situation for green paper has been dark but no more. There is a new tree paper in force and can be a competitor with conventional paper. To call this free paper tree, a person must think of Bamboo as not being a tree.