Made from renewable resources
The main raw material for waxed paper is wood, a harvested crop. Thanks to the implementation of responsible forest management policies we will not run out of this valuable resource. Plastic's main raw material (oil) is subject to significant fluctuations in availability and long-term is a dying resource.
Only 12% of all harvested wood grown is used for paper and board production mainly forest thinning and woodchips from sawmills. Over 90% of the fibre needed for European paper and board Industry is European grown. No rain forests are used (source 'Pro Carton').
Forests in Europe have been continuously growing for the last 100 years., Timber volume in Sweden , for example, has doubled over the past 100 years and usage continues to be far lower than re-plantation . In Finland , forest growth has been running at 4% per year over the past 12 years and the timber volume is at its highest for the past 100 years. (Swedish Forest Industries Federation and Finnish statistical yearbook of Forestry). Vegetable waxes are actually hardened fats' and are based on fully renewable sources.