This seems very counter-intuitive based on all we hear in the media. If you want to “save the environment” you are begged to not print out that email, right?
In this country, there are few more “sustainable” and “eco-friendly” products than paper. Paper is made from a renewable resource and is fully recyclable. Paper manufacturers use renewable energy sources, and carefully manage their raw materials, trees and forests, and are committed to sustainable forestry. Continuously replanting and re-growing forests like the paper industry does helps the environment.
Paper is inexpensive, user friendly and rarely has a virus!
However, if people decide en masse to NOT use and buy paper, then paper manufacturers will stop making paper, stop re-growing forests, stop maintaining forests, and there will be a net loss of trees. In fact, statistics show that the paper manufacturing industry outpaces tree growth by 34%. Today in the US, we have 360% MORE trees than we did 100 years ago!
All of those good things will disappear if we, as consumers, STOP or CURTAIL our use of paper.
So go ahead, print out that email, order those paper brochures, and buy actual newspapers and books…
…AND FEEL GOOD ABOUT IT!
For more information, see http://www.twosides.info/Sustainable-Products