Dispelling the “don’t print” myth
Be a copycat! Terms like “Go paperless; save trees,” or simply “go green” can be misleading and spread falsehoods about printing and paper. Printing too much or too often doesn’t destroy trees and forests in the long term. Here’s the truth: North American forests are continuously replenished by sustainable forest management and considered a renewable resource.
In fact, over the last 60 years, the number of trees on managed U.S. forest lands has been increasing thanks to responsible forestry practices. Here are some more truths about printing and paper, courtesy of Two Sides.
- Each year forests in the U.S. and Canada grow significantly more wood than is harvested.
- More than half the forest land in the U.S. is owned and managed by about 11 million private forest owners. Private forest lands provided over 90% of the domestically produced wood and paper products in 2017.
- The income landowners receive for trees grown on their land encourages them to maintain, sustainably manage and renew this valuable resource.
- The paper industry adheres to respected third-party certification standards, ensuring your paper came from a sustainable source.
So the next time you hit “print” on your computer, let these facts ease your mind.
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