Paper mill spews 17,770 kgs of greenhouse gases and kills 423 trees

31 10 2007

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And you thought the oil and gas industry was a major greenhouse gas emitter? On average, a small to medium sized print shop who makes $200K per month and uses 20 tonnes of paper from a paper mill:

  • Produces 17,770 kilograms of greenhouse gases a month contributing to climate change;
  • Destroys 423 trees a month;
  • Uses up to 299,880 BTUs of energy a month;
  • Creates 680,741 litres of wastewater per month – that’s one and a half 25 metre swimming pools full.

To put a small print shop’s impact in perspective, the pulp and paper industry is the third largest industrial polluter of air, water and land in both Canada and the United States. All calculations were done by Green Printer’s team via its science-backed environmental calculator at from sources at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Environmental Defense.

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Green Printer (GP) is the only printing company in North America that calculates and prints your organization’s environmental ‘savings’ via its Eco Calculator (trees, BTUs of energy, gallons on wastewater and more) on the back of every paper product you show your customers. Pretty nifty.

30 10 2007

Paper Mills Along China’s Second Largest Freshwater Lake Closed to Avoid Pollution



Over a 100 paper mills located along Dongting Lake, China’s second largest freshwater lake, were ordered to close after they failed to reduce pollution as promised.

The mills discharge chemical-laden waste into the lake, and Jiang Yimin, director of Hunan Provincial Bureau of Environmental Protection, was concerned that the mills were unable to control pollution.

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Best Western Richmond goes green

27 10 2007





Green Printer is pleased to announce that we will be working closely with Best Western Richmond to help them go green. The first step is an eco audit, which will assess their current needs and make recommendations for improving the sustainability of their printing.

The switch to Green Printer is one of the hotel’s Green Committee initiatives, led by Wendy Hargreaves, Director of Sales & Marketing. We would like to congratulate the popular hotel chain, which is exploring ways that they can be more eco friendly in all areas of their business. The hotel will display Green Printer’s “Tree Counter” on their website, which will keep track of the number of trees they have saved – a great reminder of their positive difference they are making!

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