Every day, we all feel pressure to be environmentally friendly.
We’re constantly told to “go green” and “save the trees.”
However, you may be surprised to know that tree farmers view going green very differently.
Contrary to what we hear, tree farmers actually want us to use paper so that old trees can be cut.
This in turn, allows for newer and healthier trees to be planted.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the message that media is telling us.
So today, we are here to debunk the myth that paper kills trees.
It’s Time to Rethink the “Do Not Print” Mantra
Have you ever received an email that cautions you not to print it out in effort to be mindful of the environment?
Well, tree farmers are now encouraging people to add taglines to their emails to show it is okay to print it.
Here is an example of a popular footnote endorsed by tree farmers:
Notice: It’s OK to print this email. Paper is a biodegradable, renewable, sustainable product made from trees. Growing and harvesting trees provides jobs for millions of people. Working forests are good for the environment and provide clean air and water, wildlife habitat, and carbon storage. Thanks to improved forest management, we have more trees today than we had 100 years ago.
Do you know what that means?
It means you have the freedom to print in your office, to use portfolios, flyers, business cards, and other printed materials to further your business, while at the same time helping local farmers.
Why it’s Necessary to Cut Trees
Trees are actually cut for pulp, which is a part of the thinning operation for forests.
Without thinning the forests, growth slows, forest health declines, and beetles start to attack the trees.
Sure, farmers could thin the trees and leave the pulp on the ground, but that could lead to fire danger and even more insect infestations.
Thinning allows for sunlight to reach inside forest areas, encouraging the diverse food supplies wildlife need.
And the landowners of the forests don’t make much profit from thinning.
Instead, the money goes back into improving the forest.
If paper becomes obsolete, landowners would no longer be able to afford to maintain the forests.
The Bottom Line
The paper industry actually contributes to healthy forests.
Paper is a biodegradable, renewable, and sustainable product that is made right here in our own country.
And it provides millions of jobs.
So go ahead and print!
The more paper we use, the more trees get planted to satisfy demand, and the more total forest area we have.
Update your marketing kit with high-quality printed materials from your local printer so it can look and feel spectacular!
And if a someone mentions anything about the environment, you can be the leader and expert on how much you’re helping tree farmers by also helping your business.