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Please Consider the Environment Before Using Print…

Please consider the environment...I am sure many of you receive online statements from credit card companies, banks, utility companies and more. You also get lots of direct mail or “junk mail” advertisements just as I do. How often do you see companies touting “green” initiatives as their reason for pushing us to online statements and email communication?

I sure want to do my part to protect the environment and save the earth. I recycle, reuse, bike and walk when possible. I teach my children to do the same and why it is important. So, in our collective rush to do the right thing might we be getting misinformation? Might we be making poorly informed choices?

As a marketing consultant helping my clients navigate the myriad of options available, I am often asked about social media, email, mobile marketing and more. I make recommendations based on my clients goals and use all of these when and where appropriate and effective. Print, paper and mail though seem to now have a stigma as being synonymous with polluting the earth. This is due in part to companies, trying to reduce their costs, pushing us to email and the web. They do this by making us feel we are harming the earth by choosing paper and print.

“Please consider the environment before printing this email”. “Save a tree and go paperless with e-statments”. There are many more examples I am sure you can think of and they all have one common theme: Paper and print are bad for the environment. Well I am here to say ENOUGH of this misinformation. Lets get down to the TRUTH.

Regarding Paper, Did You Know?:

  • The paper industry plants 3 times as many trees as it cuts. There are more forests in the US today than 20 years ago.
  • Forestry is the most sustainable of all primary industries that provide energy and materials.
  • 11% of the world’s forests are used for paper, with the majority of wood fiber used to produce paper coming from waste products like wood chips, sawmill scraps and recycled paper.

Dr. Patrick Moore early member at founding of Greenpeace stated “To address climate change we must use more wood not less. Using wood sends signals to the marketplace to GROW MORE TREES!” From an environmental perspective the paper industry is a model for all others. The print industry too is following suite.

Regarding Print & Mail, Did You Know?

  • The U.S. print industry generates more than $100 billion in annual revenue and provides U.S. jobs for more than 100 million Americans. That is bigger than the US auto Industry we bailed out recently.
  • Print and mail drive commerce, provide jobs and educate our youth.
  • Studies show you’ll read printed information up to 30% faster while retaining more information than reading on a screen.

Now that you have heard the truth all I ask is this: Please don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for using paper or print to communicate with your customers, coworkers, friends or family. It is still the best option in many cases and is environmentally and socially responsible.

Please pass this information along and do your part to save the environment  and spur the economy.

For more  info on environmental responsibility of the print and paper industry please check out these links…

chooseprint.org
Video
paperbecause.com
acculink.com/greenInitiative

Until next time!

To Your Success!

Accuchris

Chris Daniels

Contact me

800-948-4110

chris@acculink.com

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  1. John Tunney
    May 23, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    CO2 produced reading a newspaper online is 35K.
    CO2 produced reading a printed newspaper is 28K.

    • Curious
      June 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      according to who?

  2. Ona Burns
    June 6, 2012 at 8:23 am

    It’s great to see someone putting the real story out there! Listen up folks…our electronics do more damage to the environment than putting ink on paper!

  3. June 15, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    This cannot be said enough!

    • June 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      Agreed! Lets all spread the word.
      Thanks Holly.

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