Paper Myth #1 - Making Paper Destroys Forests
We learned at a young age to have respect for nature, so carving your name into a tree was never acceptable - even if it was to express one’s undying love. Over the next several weeks, to help balance the conversation in today’s electronic world, we will address the most common myths about paper and trees.
Today, we discuss forests. For every tree harvested, several more are planted, or naturally regenerated, in its place. Consider these facts:
Annual net growth of U.S. forests is 36% higher than the volume of annual tree removals.
The paper and forest products industry replenishes more than it takes and ensures the sustainability of our forests by planting 1.7 million trees every single day, more than three times what is harvested.
There are nearly 750 million acres of forests in the U.S - about the same as 100 years ago.
“Forestry is the most sustainable of all the primary industries that provide us with energy and materials…To address climate change, we must use more wood, not less. Using wood sends a signal to the marketplace to grow more trees…”
Dr. Patrick Moore, Co-founder of Greenpeace Chair/Chief Scientist of Greenspirit Strategies Ltd “An Inconvenient Fact”, The Vancouver Sun August 29, 2007.
Source regarding the facts in this blog: HP, American Printer and Domtar Paper
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