The invention of paper has been traced back to ancient China and the process of making paper has been attributed to an official in the imperial court who took mulberry bark, other fibers, fishnets and old rags mixed it with water, laid it out flat and left it to dry in the sun. What came out of the lump drying in the sun was one of the greatest inventions mankind has ever known. But as time has marched on and technology has continue to grow exponentially paper has been given a bad rap. We’ve all heard these sayings: go paperless – save trees or go green and save green. These sayings, while very popular, are sadly not rooted in truth. So let us discuss what the facts are about paper use and sustainability.
• Paper is one of the most recycled products in the world. Paper is easily recycled and the fibers can be recycled multiple times before they are too small to be used again in making paper.
• Paper production actually supports forest sustainability. Because paper comes from trees it has been easy to make a correlation that using paper means you are wasting trees, but that is just not the case. Trees are not a finite resource and are continuing to be replenished in the forests. Also, by not using the wood in these forest does not necessarily mean that we are saving them. In the forests that do not consume this wood source, these are the same forests that experience the greatest forest loss.
• Using electronic communication does not mean that you are being more environmentally friendly. As stated before, there have been direct correlations made between going green and saving a tree. But if you look at the numbers it shows that the amount of electricity that is being used is growing which mean that there are growing emissions as well.” It is estimated that small network equipment in America’s homes consumed more than $1 billion worth of electricity in 2012, equivalent to the output of three large (500 MW) coal fired power plants. This resulted in 5 million metric tons of CO2 emissions or the annual tailpipe emissions of 1.1 million vehicles” -Natural Resources Defense Council
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