There is a lot of misinformation circulating about the impact of print to our environment. Before rushing to the conclusion that print and printers cause destruction to forests, consider these facts:
- Trees from tropical forests are specifically not harvested for paper.
- Of all the trees cut from the world’s forests:
- 53% is used for fuel
- 28% is used for lumber
- 11% is used by the paper industry
- 33% of that 11% comes from wood chips and scrap from sawmills
- 33% comes from recycled paper
- 91 % of the trees consumed in the United States to make paper comes from privately owned forests, which give private landowners a financial incentive to grow trees rather than sell off their land for other uses.
- Private landowners in the United States plant about 4 million trees every day, as a result, forest growth exceeds harvest by 37%
In the end, from sustainable forests to the renewable nature of trees and recyclability of paper, the paper and printing industries have a positive environmental story to tell—one in which print on paper and healthy forests go hand-in-hand.
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