Paper is Not the Cause of Deforestation…
Environmental sustainability is increasingly important in a world of limited resources. Whether or not you agree that the world is getting warmer or that man is the primary cause of it getting warmer, considering the environmental impact of business operations is important to most companies, especially when it comes to permanent deforestation around the world. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths that printing on paper is “bad” for the environment while using digital media is “good”.
False Facts about Paper and Digital Media
Even though we, as a society, have been pushed to believe that paper is the leading source of deforestation in the world, there is little evidence to back these claims up. In fact, most of these so-called claims are nothing more than one-sided marketing promoting other communication solutions through the use of emotional, but not factual appeals.
According to an article posted by Greenbiz.com, “[These appeals] play on the primordial human affection for trees to make us feel guilty or hypocritical by suggesting that the use of paper-based media despoiling nature and killing trees. In effect, the forced choice they present is go paperless or feel like a guilty hypocrite who kills trees.” This article also goes on to address the issue that the onslaught of ill-proved “facts” are over looking issues like high demands for energy for things like cell phones, computers, data-centers, and other energy-consuming items or government land-use decisions (aka urban sprawl) can be linked to much more directly to any deforestation in the United States. In the rest of the world, population growth and food farming are the dominant sources of deforestation.Read More