I was sent a really interesting article today about how there is a misconception about going paperless. This article highlighted the fact that, while most companies want to promote paperless as a “green” technique or to save the trees, this isn't necessarily the best or only way to help the environment. Here are a few quick facts that stuck out to me:
- In North America we grow more trees than we harvest.
- From 2007-2012, US Forest area was increased by a total of 14 million acres.
- The time it takes to grow the fiber needed for a #10 envelope is 0.3 to 1.9 seconds per 100 acres of managed North American forest.
Not only were these facts eye opening, but the impact of the local communities near forest areas from an economic standpoint are pretty substantial. The key to all of this information is that North America is creating well managed forests that also provide economic, environmental, and social benefits to the surrounding communities. By better understanding how and where everyday products, like paper, are sourced from are we can be better educated in making decisions that truly do make a positive difference on our environment.
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