Raising kids into “Forest Citizens”: Get funky, go green, get active with kids

19 08 2008

Above: The Secret Life of Paper – A Project of INFORM, Inc.

A www.greenprinteronline.com dispatch.

INFORM does it again just as parents can once again embrace the “most wonderful time of the year- the Staples Inc. version“. In other words, it’s back to school time for the kids.

My assumption is that kids are already well ahead of their parents in terms of incorporating green living (with less fuss than adults) into their lives and those of their peers. In fact, kids often pressure parents to recycle, according to a study published in the BBC.

Still, raising children to be good citizens and those that can quickly make the link between paper usage, recycling, deforestation, government action and climate change later in their life (I coin these savvy “Forest Citizens”) is not easy but it is well worth it on many levels. Here is who we are watching to help us raise good Forest Citizens as we embark on the craziness of the school year: Read the rest of this entry »

Paperless society – What if our forests just can’t give us enough paper?

20 07 2008

A Green Printer dispatch.

Mandy Haggith with the ‘paper mountain’ she built to show what a year’s waste looks like. Photo by Angus Bruce, The Independent.

“The paperless-society goal is a very nice and noble one,” said Arpad Horvath, an associate professor at the University of California-Berkeley who has studied the issue of replacing paper with wireless technologies. “Unfortunately, I don’t see any trace of progress toward it.” Read the rest of this entry »

CO2-friendl(ier) paper supply chains in an instant gratification world

20 05 2008

Image source: National Geographic

A short, weekly “school of hard knocks” history of why paper supply chain management is not as easy as it looks – but can be. A Green Printer dispatch.

Deforestation hurts. Just ask Harrison Ford – he waxed his chest and demonstrated just how close forests are to his heart.

Sustainable management of forests, not simply trees or more recycling, is what Rainforest Alliance‘s executive director Tensie Whelan recently advocated for in GreenBiz and she’s right: while recycling has its environmental limits, sustainably managed forests as a whole ensure the well-being of the forest ecosystem and biodiversity survival for generations to come. Read the rest of this entry »

The World Wildlife Federation sneaks into our public washrooms

3 12 2007

Image from www.adsoftheworld.com.

A greenprinteronline.com dispatch. Save trees, print green.

Next time you use a paper towel in a public bathroom, remember this clever ad from the World Wildlife Federation. The ad makes a direct, visual link between deforestation in Africa and habitat loss for wildlife. The same is true here in Canada.

This from the WWF website: “Across Canada, habitat loss, pollution, foreign invaders, climate change, and unsustainable harvesting have pushed over 500 species dangerously close to extinction. Species of every description, from lichens to leatherback turtles, whooping cranes to wood bison are at risk.”

You can make a difference by printing with sustainable methods. At Green Printer, we use recycled paper exclusively and print with dry offset printing – the responsible choice.

Fake Plastic Trees? Transgenic trees to become an “easier” source of ethanol fuel

22 11 2007

Image source: paularmstrongdesigns.com (c) 2007

A greenprinteronline.com dispatch.

Radiohead may be able to touch the fake plastic trees they sang about in the 1990s in the coming years.

The New York Times recently reported on how a group of scientists out of North Carolina State University are looking to turn trees into new energy sources using a controversial genetic engineering process that reduces the amount of lignin, a chemical compound that interferes with efforts to turn the tree’s cellulose into biofuels like ethanol. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t make the “naughtiest” corporation list: save endangered forests, use greener paper

15 11 2007


(Source: Candace the Caribou 2007)

A greenprinteronline.com dispatch.

Today, Forest Ethics named Sears the naughtiest tree-cutting company of them all, sending out an estimated 425 million catalogs a year – that’s about enough to give each person in the U.S. six catalogues about flannel pants a year – including 270 million Lands’ End catalogs, with paper that comes from endangered forests. Read the rest of this entry »

Killing trees makes up to 25% of all carbon pollution: 7 easy, tree-lovin’ office tips

1 11 2007


Dispatch from greenprinteronline.com.

Check this: more than 30% of all the trees that are logged go to make paper. That’s a lot of energy to kill all our poor, little green friends: in fact, deforestation contributes between 20% and 25% of all carbon pollution, which, in turn, accelerates global warming. And yes, we’ve heard it before: recycle, recycle, recycle. But does it work? Yes, but…. according to the RFU, most of us still don’t do it as much as we’d like to.

In Canada, we recovered only 44% of all paper products used and over 90% of all office paper is still made from virgin fibres. Ouch, that hurts the feelings of treehuggers like us. Here are seven, easy office tips to save trees and cut down carbon emissions:

  1. It’s what your mother always told you: Frugal is the new chic. When making copies, set your machine to use both sides of paper and cut your consumption by 50%.

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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 greenprinteronline.com 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.