Paper and Forests

This office has been making many efforts to be sustainable: becoming paperless, reducing waste, etc. You may have heard about it from some previous blog posts. But I’ve found evidence that maybe paperless isn’t optimal.

This evidence is, of course, from a paper manufacturer. Domtar denies being biased, but all in all, I find their efforts amusing (in a good way – watch the video below).

esyringe is not at this point… yet, because email and the interwebs work just fine for communication. And we don’t really do formal presentations. How lame. And boring. Remember I just graduated with my bachelors and am working on my masters degree. I’m pretty tired of sitting through ten PowerPoint presentations in a two hour period.

Considering all of that, we don’t really need too much paper.

But for those of you environmentalists who stand up in arms at the mention of paper because it destroys forests, Domtar has an interesting point:

For starters, making paper doesn’t destroy forests. In fact, the forest products industry plants more than 1.7 million trees per day. When you think about it, it just makes sense. After all, if we don’t ensure a steady supply of raw materials, how can we continue to provide the products that so many people rely on to communicate and store information each and every day?

This is a good point. But it also ignores the fact that cutting down the trees in the first place destroys natural habitats and the species living there are displaced. This means that by the time new trees are planted and a forest is starting to grow, many animals will have already died because their original habitat was cut down. They can’t just get up and move to a hotel until their new home is built.

While I think Domtar is making a valiant effort to encourage the use of their product, I don’t think it was well thought out beyond the marketing aspect. What do you think?


About life at esyringe

Life at esyringe is about the inner workings of a small business based in Washington State. Get a good laugh or some introspection at The company sells syringes online, hence 'esyringe'. No, not syringes you would put in a vein, but syringes that go into larger machines for analyzing blood and chemical compounds.
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