The short life of a facial tissue starts out as a tree. Facial tissues are made from a mix of pine, spruce, fir, hemlock, larch, aspen and birch trees. When the trees are cut down they are sent to a factory that changes them into paper pulp. To make the wood pulp all they need to do is combine water and wood, but other ingredients can be added to produce different types of wood pulp like lotions, anti-bacterial abilities and fragrance. The wood pulp is then inserted into a Fourdrinier machine that has a yankee dryer and a hot air hood attached to the end. Additional folding machines help to package the facial tissue.
Just to give you an idea of how much it hurts our planet, about 40% of all our trash is a paper product. 30% of the timber that is cut down in the United States is used to make paper related objects. But we can do something to change those numbers. Recycle! Every ton of 100% recycled paper saves an estimated 4,100 kilowatt-hours of energy, 7,000 gallons of water and 60 pounds of air pollutants. Also, if every household in the USA replaced just one box of brand new tissue paper with a box of 100% recycled tissue paper we could save 385,000 trees, 140 million gallons of water and 990,000 cubic feet of landfill space. Another way to save some trees is with using a good old fashion handkerchief.