It’s Not Easy Being Green

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Since 1970, we have all celebrated Earth Day in some form or another. Some might attend a fair in a public park, some might take efforts to go more “green” with their lifestyle, and some might choose to take recycling seriously.

Regardless of how we celebrate, the important thing is that we remember the meaning of Earth Day:

Today, some 40 years later, Earth Day serves to remind everybody  of their responsibility toward helping save the environment and the planet. The goal has remained much the same: to urge public and political support for saving the Earth.

As a company specializing in print, we are always looking for new ways of keeping our practices as green as we can. (We aren’t holding ourselves up as an example, we still have a long way to go as well.)

One practice we have employed is using FSC Certified paper. (FSC stands for the Forest Stewardship Council, an organization that works to promote the practice of sustainable forestry worldwide.)

Keep in mind, though, that according to the Council,

“FSC-certified paper is different from recycled paper, as it’s typically composed of virgin tree fibers rather than pre- or post-consumer recycled materials (although recycled paper is sometimes also FSC-certified). But when the wood pulp used to make this paper is sourced from a well-managed forest, it can be just as eco-friendly.”

So as you can see, we still have a ways to go on our journey.

But you’re a print company, these are your issues, not mine.

True, but we can all do our part to leave a healthy planet for our kids, and their kids, and so on.

Did you know?

  • Almost 4 billion trees are cut down each year for paper use.
  • The world uses 400 percent more paper now than it did 40 years ago.
  • Used paper and paper products make up the largest portion of our trash – about 40 percent!
  • Every Sunday, 500,000 trees could be saved if everyone recycled their newspapers.

On a more positive note, though, it is estimated that the entire world recycles almost 44 million tons of paper every year. Forty-four. Million. Tons.

That’s 88,000,000,000 pounds!

With a figure like that, we came up with some ideas we’re going to put into place in our homes and offices, we thought we’d share:

  • When printing from home, make sure your printer is set to print on both sides of the paper.
  • Make sure you buy paper that is FSC Certified or made from recycled materials. (We haven’t seen any real difference in the price between recycled and first-run paper.)
  • Have a bin specifically for paper to be recycled near your desk or work area. When the bin is full, just drop the contents into your recycle bin on the street for pick up.
  • Consider writing on both sides of every page in a notebook or on a tablet.  Just flip them upside down and work your way back through from the other end.

Will these small steps name an immediate difference? No.

But, if we all make our best efforts to try to recycle as much paper as possible, we are well on our way to leaving a thriving Earth behind us!

We’d love to hear your recycling ideas, please feel free to email us right here.

Happy Recycling!