Using paper products is not bad for the environment because you’re using a natural product that’s renewable, recyclable, biodegradable and from a sustainable resource – our forests. The wood and paper industry more than makes up for what it harvests by managing forests and planting more than 1.7 million tree seedlings every day – more than 600 million tree seedlings a year.
As a society, we have made great strides over the past decade in using our resources more efficiently, increasing recycling efforts, and improving forest management.
In 1920, there were an estimated 732 million acres of forest covering the area that now comprises the United States. Today there are 751 million acres of forest. The current forested area is within one percent of the forest area of the estimated 755 million to 760 million acres that existed in 1907.
Sometimes, environmental claims are made between paper and digital choices. Usually, digital media are presented as environmentally preferable. In reality, however, both print and digital media have environmental impacts that must be considered by consumers and businesses. Rarely, the environmental impact of digital media is documented – so “green” claims are unsubstantiated and comparisons to print media cannot be demonstrated. Thankfully, recycling options exist for both these materials, and increasingly exist nationwide.