New Year’s Resolution: Live more sustainably! The start of a New Year is a great time to refocus and set new goals, and one of those goals might include living a more sustainable lifestyle. This can seem like a lofty goal, but all you really have to do is start small by doing what you can! As you begin to form more eco-friendly habits, you can build upon them and start focusing on new ways of being sustainable. To get you started, read on for five ways you can reduce your waste this year!
Once considered a passing trend, the concept of living sustainably has been proven to be here to stay. So that’s why on Sustainability Day, we are encouraged to take a moment to remember the importance of caring for our environment and how to implement changes to live more sustainably every day.
As the movement towards environmental sustainability has gained momentum, paper has emerged as a leading alternative for plastic and non-recyclable materials, such as Styrofoam. Of course, paper is most sustainable when it is disposed of responsibly, but it is not always clear how to recycle all paper products.
We are celebrating National Forest Products Week (October 17-23, 2021) with some great resources to help you learn more about forests, the products made from them, and how through sustainable forestry the use of forest products can benefit the environment!
What is your carbon footprint? Is that something you ever thought about? Wondering what that means? In its simplest terms, a carbon footprint means the amount of greenhouse gases produced by a particular human activity (CSS University of Michigan, 2020). These activities can mean anything that you do while home, in school, at the office, outdoors and more. Even in your sleep, you produce a carbon footprint. According to the EPA, many of our daily activities cause emissions of greenhouse gases (EPA, 2021), which contributes to our carbon footprint.
Updating your printing practices is an easy way to create more environmentally sustainable daily habits. Making small changes can have a big impact. Printing can be made more sustainable by following the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Here are some tips on how to apply the three R’s to your printing habits at home and in the office.
Shopping sustainably isn’t easy. It takes a little bit of research and time to consider one’s choices in the process. But keeping these tips in mind can make sustainable shopping less of a hassle and more of a habit.
Print Grows Trees is an educational campaign that uses facts to replace the misconceptions that paper kills trees and causes deforestation. The truth is that more than half of all U.S. forestland is privately owned, so by using paper and forest products you are actually providing income to these landowners, which allows them to continue to grow trees.
Hammermill recently released a wonderful curriculum for Elementary through High School students called “Paper is Power”. It was created to help students understand the importance of forest products in their every day lives, to help explain the difference between “working forests” and the forests you see in national parks, and to emphasize that you can have both healthy forests and products made from trees if you take care of the lands where they are grown.
Did you know that Benjamin Franklin was the first paper merchant in America? Or that paper bags were first measured by how many pounds of sugar they held? Here are some fun facts about the paper industry from the American Forest & Paper Association’s (AF&PA) website.