I have been hit lately with a lot of negativity of the longevity of the shredding industry. I of course have pushed back with good valid reasons, but I always walk away feeling a little out of sorts . . . until I found this website – www.twosides.us which documents the misconceptions about environmental sustainability of paper.
It gives great information like 70% of Americans still prefer to read print and paper communications compared to reading off screen even 18-24-year-olds. The website goes on to indicate a majority of respondents are concerned about the effect of print and paper production on forests and believe that there is a connection between the loss of tropical rainforests and the manufacture of paper, but they prove this unfounded.
In fact, they quote authoritative sources like the U.S. Forest Service and others report that the amount of forestland in the U.S has remained nearly the same and that American Forest and Paper Association data show that more than 63 percent of all paper used in the U.S. in 2010 was recycled. According to the EPA, that is more than any other commodity, including plastics, glass and metals.
So remember, it isn’t such a bad thing to print that document, just think about how it is destroyed for confidentiality and how to recycle it and you are on your way to making more paper towels, baby diapers and many other useful and needed things for everyday life!