Is it worth printing?
PRINT NOT ONLY PAYS OFF — it pays back to the environment. It’s true. When you use paper, you’re making a contribution to the environment by keeping forests growing and responsibly managed. These are facts that are worth repeating.
• Roughly 600 million trees are planted every year by the paper and forest products industry, surpassing the amount harvested.
• Improved forest management, regeneration of forest areas and selective tree harvesting have resulted in a net uptake (sequestration) of carbon from 1990 to 2005. This is because older, un-managed forests lose their ability to sequester carbon.
• Many climate experts believe that the responsible management of forests offers one of the least expensive and best ways to fight against climate change.
• The paper and forest products industry is one of the largest users of low-carbon energy in the world. Nearly 60 percent of the energy used to make paper in the U.S. comes from carbon-neutral renewable resources and is produced on site at mills.
• Nearly 60 percent of all paper in the U.S. is recycled. In comparison, less than 20 percent of U.S. electronic devices are recycled.
• Of the wood extracted from the world’s forests, 53 percent is used for energy production, 28 percent is used by lumber mills and only 11 percent is used directly by the paper industry.
DOWN TO EARTH INSIGHT
The facts support printing as a responsible way to maximize your marketing budget when correctly targeted. The industry is accountable for its actions and has steadily improved its environmental footprint over the years. When the demand for paper diminishes, it contributes to our forestlands being sold for other crops or for development purposes. Using paper helps give landowners an incentive for growing and responsibly managing forests. It’s worth printing.