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Posted by: harrisandyou | July 16, 2014

Do you recycle Paper?

Save trees Recycle paper

Save trees Recycle paper

I was reading an article on the Sierra Club website. According to the American Forest and Paper Association the United States produced 20,700,000 tons of paper last year but we only recycle 11,000,000 tons of paper, about 53%.  We should be doing better!

I do some contracting work for an engineering firm and I noticed that they do not use double sided printing on all their documents.  They do not always recycle their paper.  This is not difficult to do however the firm is not a) making it a priority, b) not making it convenient for their employees as they still have some old printers that do not do double-sided printing and c) they do not want to take the time to be sustainable.

“The pulp and paper industry is the fifth largest consumer of energy and uses more water to produce a ton of product than any other industry”, according to the Living Tree Paper Company.  Office paper is still going to landfills and offices are not purchasing recycled paper which could save trees being cut down, reduces demand on waste disposal systems, and cuts down on pollution.

It makes sense to use recycled content.  “One ton of recycled paper produces one ton of new paper,” per Living Tree Paper Company.   Another alternative is using hemp and flax to produce paper.  These plants are better for the environment and were used thousands of years ago.

Trees provide ecosystems full of organisms that live below them and in them.  When you plant trees, cut them down and replant the soil gets depleted.  Please recycle your paper at home and at your office.  You will be saving trees, water, energy and the planet.

 

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Responses

  1. Few people practice paper recycling. I believe the lack of information is the reason why most people remain ignorant and wary towards adopting this practice.

    • The more we can educate people on the necessity of recycling and more importantly reducing then we can start to move toward zero waste.
      Thank you for reading and following my blog!

  2. Education is a big part of helping people make the right choices.
    Thank you for reading my blog and thank you for your comment.


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