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Do you really need all that paper?

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Did you know that one single tree can absorb approximately 10 pounds of C02 in one year?

Forests play a major role in keeping our environment healthy. They encourage plants to grow and they feed the wildlife. They reduce the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.

Forests provide an abundance of oxygen and soil nutrients to the planet, that if lost or damaged would be impossible to replace.

These days, forests and woodlands are most often destroyed to make room for farmland to feed a growing global population (and its Westernized eating habits). Forests are also converted for the sake of cash crops, cattle ranching and commercial logging.

Deforestation, especially in the rainforest, is an ongoing environmental concern. The loss of trees has destabilized the Earth’s temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide levels. Every year, approximately 20,000 to 100,000 different species are lost due to deforestation.

If deforestation continues at this rate, it is estimated roughly 80% to 90% of tropical rainforest ecosystems will be destroyed by the year 2020.

There are ways to dodge this devastating statistic. Every ton of paper that is recovered saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.

Obviously, we need to decrease our paper consumption and recycle our paper scraps to help slow down the deforestation process. However, don’t be naive and think that recycling does not impact our carbon footprint. Chemicals are used for de-inking the paper before it is recycled and for converting scraps to post-consumer content.

Recycling our paper is only a small part of the green equation. You might try to reduce your paper consumption and switch over to paper with a high post-consumer content.

The next time you are about to print an email, buy a newspaper or magazine, or order a coffee in a paper cup, think about the number of trees that could be saved if you resist the urge.

Now, go and hug a tree!

Sources:American Forest and Paper AssociationEcology.comSlate.comBryant.edu

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19 Responses to Do you really need all that paper?

  1. Shanda Oakley July 8, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    Love your blog and you have some great reminders. I try to stay conscious but have along way to go

    • Good Girl Gone Green July 8, 2011 at 11:00 am #

      Oh thank you Shanda! Every bit helps…just do the best you can right now! The planet will thank you for all your efforts! :)

  2. Emily July 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    Hi there!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I’m so glad that you did.

    This post is so interesting. Thanks for the great information, I never knew that so many species were destroyed each year. Very sad, and alarming.

    I look forward to reading more from you!

    Best,
    Emily from Nap Time Is My Time

    • Good Girl Gone Green July 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

      Thank you Emily~ If I can reach one person through my blog and save trees in the process, I feel like I am making a difference! :)

  3. Daisy July 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    Hi! Thank you for letting me know about my link. I think I fixed it now. Great blog! Glad I found you. This information is so useful.

  4. Katherine July 8, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    Great post, I enjoyed my visit to your blog. Thank you for hopping over to gifts by Katherine. I’m following you now and I look forward to future posts. Sending hugs to you and the trees. :-)

  5. Mary @ Redo 101 July 8, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    Hi, I’m your newest follower from Mama to 4 Blessings’ blop hop – would appreciate a follow back if you have time.

    I think you’d like my 2 latest posts – I think I may have just begun my meager attempts to save the planet :)

    Thanks.

  6. oomph. July 8, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    thanks fo sharing this..we all need to be reminded sometimes how to do our part.

    found and following via friday hop :)
    rockoomph.blogspot.com
    @rockoomph

  7. Marina July 8, 2011 at 11:09 pm #

    Very good post. We almost never use paper for printing emails. We never use paper cups either
    I think the main consumer fo paper in this house is my preschooler who loves to paint :)

    My last post – Ways to Decorate Your Child’s Room

    • Good Girl Gone Green July 8, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

      Thanks! I think most people have stopped printing emails, it really is just a waste! :)

  8. Zerique July 9, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    loving your blog. I am your newest ‘like’ on FB. Would love a follow back at onesweetstory.blogspot.com. Have a great day!

  9. Summer July 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    I just found your blog thru someone elses blog and I love it!

    I’m a new follower now :)

    Have a great Sunday!

    Summer

    http://summyb.blogspot.com/

  10. 'Becca August 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    Another option is reusing the paper that’s already come into your life. For over 20 years I’ve been saving full sheets that are blank on one side and using the other side for most of my writing needs at home, my child’s drawings and crafts, and my scratch paper at work; I also took notes on them in school. I save smaller blank-on-one-side pieces for shopping lists and phone messages.

    We reuse gift wrap, as well as using some alternative wrapping methods.

    When we had pet gerbils, they’d shred our old documents (destroying account numbers and other confidential info!) to make their nest, and then we composted the shreds. No need to buy wood chips!

    • Good Girl Gone Green August 11, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

      For sure, if you have already used the paper you may as well reuse it for something else like in your gerbils home-great idea by the way. I use newspaper to wrap gifts! I just think we should slow down our paper consumption…poor trees! :)

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