Paperless Publishing – how sustainable are print products?
Forests and trees give us so much! They offset our CO2 output, produce fresh air and clean water, host wildlife and offer beautiful and tranquil surroundings.
But, as we know, trees are also felled to provide us with products we use in our everyday life. From paper towels and toilet paper, to wooden furniture and the table we place our paper-based newspapers and magazines on.
Killing in the name of … paper?
Recent research suggests that we are currently actively cutting down 15 billion trees each year. Overall it is estimated that the global tree count has fallen by 46% since the early beginnings of the industrial age.
Even though the usage of recyclable paper is generally on the rise, the number of trees which are cut down for the global publishing industry alone are estimated to range from at least 3.8 billion to 4.9 billion trees every year. The reason for this is that the paper used for printed magazines, brochures, catalogs, ad campaigns etc. is non-recyclable, as the publishers mostly use high-grade industrial quality paper in order to obtain an exclusive and glossy finished appearance.
Publications which are printed on recyclable paper still cause a devastating impact on our forests. Besides the carbon impact, which is caused by the entire cycle of the recycling and production process itself, the deforestation caused by US-based newspapers published ONLY on Sundays currently results in 500,000,000 trees being cut down every year.
To add to the dilemma, the numbers above do not include the trees which are dying due to other general man-made global warming effects, such as air pollution, acid rain, forest fires, flash floods, and hurricanes.
This is the digital information age!
In a world of information overload, we all increasingly depend on well-researched news, product reviews, or any other information we can trust and rely on. Newspapers and magazines therefore fill an important gap which is increasingly left by interests group or government controlled media and social networks, which publish content by anybody, and without further research.
To keep our media landscape trustworthy, it is therefore important that we actively keep up and support the circulation of as many diversified magazines and newspapers worldwide as possible.
Help encourage the change to Paperless Publishing
How can we maintain a rich and diversified print media landscape without harming our forests even more?
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