I received an e-mail from an employee of the company that I hate and like, or like and hate depending on the situation I am into.
I like the company because it has given me the means to spend big bucks without having to carry bundles of cash inside my pocket. (As if I have a lot to carry around, LOL)
I hate the company because some people there were cheaters and stupid enough to spend a lot of money to contribute to global warming by wasting glossy papers just to tell all customers and prospective customers that they will bring the lucky one to the edge of the earth, which of course is a BIG LIE, A BIG LIE and THE BIGGEST LIE EVER!
And so, NOBODY won because there wasn’t any at all – A FARCE, a shameful promotional gimmick by a prestigious company!
Well, forget about the BIG LIE of the prestigious company that I like and hate. Let me just share the lines printed at the bottom page of that e-mail that says:
“Please consider your environmental responsibility before printing this e-mail – Save paper.”
I tell you this made me smile today because this simple statement could or would [perhaps] make a difference.
So, let me repeat the statement with my favorite line added to it.
Please consider your environmental responsibility before printing this e-mail – Save paper. Help Save Mother Earth.
Perhaps some of you would wonder why? I know, I am always like this, magulo. But, don’t mind me please, just continue reading and please consider these:
How many sheets of paper come from a single tree?
Some Typical Calculations [Read more.]
- 1 ton of uncoated virgin (non-recycled) printing and office paper uses 24 trees
- 1 ton of 100% virgin (non-recycled) newsprint uses 12 trees
- A “pallet” of copier paper (20-lb. sheet weight, or 20#) contains 40 cartons and weighs 1 ton. Therefore,
- 1 carton (10 reams) of 100% virgin copier paper uses 0.6 trees
- 1 tree makes 16.67 reams of copy paper or 8,333.3 sheets
- 1 ream (500 sheets) uses 6% of a tree (and those add up quickly!)
- 1 ton of coated, higher-end virgin magazine paper (used for magazines like National Geographic and many others) uses a little more than 15 trees (15.36)
An Urgent Problem: [Read more]
Pulp and paper production, consumption and wasting have many negative environmental and social impacts. The pulp and paper industry is among the world’s largest generators of air and water pollutants, waste products, and the gases that cause climate change. It is also one of the largest users of raw materials, including fresh water, energy, and forest fibers. Forests that are essential for clean air and water, wildlife habitat, climate protection, spirituality, recreation and indigenous peoples’ cultural survival—including old-growth and other ecologically important forests—are being logged for fiber; in many places they also are being cleared for replacement by plantations that have reduced ecological value and employ toxic chemical herbicides and fertilizers. The pulp and paper industry also has negative impacts on the health, well-being and stability of local communities. In North America the majority of paper products are buried in landfills or burned in incinerators, resulting in substantial pollution, forest destruction and major climate change impacts. Industrialized nations, with 20 percent of the world’s population, consume 87 percent of the world’s printing and writing papers.
PAPER: IT’S CHANGING THE CLIMATE [Read more]
One of the most significant, and perhaps least understood, impacts of the paper industry is climate change. Every phase of paper’s life cycle contributes to global warming, from harvesting trees to production of pulp and paper to eventual disposal. It is estimated that 42% of the industrial wood harvest is used to make paper—a sobering fact given that forests store roughly 50 percent of all terrestrial carbon, making them one of our most important safeguards against climate change. Old-growth and mature, second-growth natural forests store much larger amounts of carbon than newly planted stands and once logged, require decades to recover the original amount of carbon they contained.
Whether the tree grew in a mature forest or industrial tree plantation, climate change impacts multiply after it is harvested. The pulp and paper industry is the fourth largest emitter of greenhouse gases among manufacturing industries, and contributes 9 percent of total manufacturing carbon dioxide emissions. The biggest greenhouse gas releases in pulp and paper manufacturing come from the energy production needed to power the pulp and paper mill.
The climate change effects of paper carry all the way through to disposal. If paper is landfilled rather than recycled, it decomposes and produces methane, a greenhouse gas with 23 times the heat-trapping power of carbon dioxide. More than one-third of municipal solid waste is paper, and municipal landfills account for 34 percent of human related methane emissions to the atmosphere, making landfills the single largest source of such emissions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified the decomposition of paper as among the most significant sources of landfill methane.
The climate benefits of reducing paper consumption are significant. If, for example, the United States cut its office paper use by roughly 10 percent, or 540,000 tons, greenhouse gas emissions would fall by 1.6 million tons. This is the equivalent of taking 280,000 cars off the road for a year.
Paper use is one of the greatest drivers behind deforestation worldwide. Every year, over 15 million hectares of Earth’s forests are destroyed.