In recent years, as we’ve all observed, paper has been under attack. With campaigns aimed at “going paperless” and email signatures urging us to “think before we print,” paper seemed doomed. But, as we learned from our friends at Print Grows Trees, paper still has a lot of life left to live. And for good reason…paper actually gives landowners a reason to grow trees. (Find out the truth here.)
Even in the digital age, paper will always be a part of our daily lives. Paper meets needs and brings excitement, joy, and as you’ll be reminded in this fantastic video by Domtar…paper brings FUN!
- Every day, U.S. papermakers recycle enough paper to fill a 15 mile long train of boxcars.
- The first paper merchant in America was Benjamin Franklin, who helped to start 18 paper mills in Virginia and surrounding areas. For hundreds of years, cotton and linen rags were the papermaker’s raw materials.
- During the American Revolution, paper was so hard to find that soldiers ripped pages from books to use them as wadding for their rifles.
- In 2011, 76 percent of paper and paperboard mills used some recovered paper and 113 mills used only recovered paper.
- Every ton of paper that is recovered saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
- Recovered paper accounts for more than 37 percent of fiber used to make new paper products in the U.S.
- Today, the United States has 20 percent more trees than it did on the first Earth Day celebration more than 40 years ago.
- U.S paper recovery has grown by 76 percent since 1990, when the paper industry established its first recovery goal to advance recycling.
- Paper was invented by the Chinese around 105 A.D. and was kept a secret for many years.
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American Forest and Paper Association
Print’s Not Dead: Print Marketing Will Thrive in 2014 and Beyond blog written by Vladimir Gendelman