Fact: The Pulp and Paper Industry Contributes Less Than 1% of Total U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Another misconception about paper production is that it greatly contributes to emissions. In actuality, the paper industry uses more renewable and carbon-neutral energy than fossil fuels. The field has been steadily reducing emissions since 2005. In 2020, it was responsible for only 0.6% of total greenhouse gas emissions.
Fact: The U.S. Recycles More Paper Than Any Other Product
Many people may erroneously believe paper is wasteful, but businesses and individuals are regular recyclers. In 2021, 68% of paper and paper-based packaging was recycled, topping the list over plastic, glass, and metal.
Additionally, recycling eliminates the release of greenhouse gasses when paper decomposes in landfills. The companies we source paper from and our operations recycle almost all waste.
Fact: Continuous Input of New Wood Fiber Keeps Paper Production Sustainable
While recycled materials make up a large part of new paper production, adding new wood fiber is still important. Recycling causes fibers to get shorter and weaker, so it needs some reinforcement with this new fiber. When it comes from sustainably managed forests, it’s part of the ecosystem of healthy foresting.
Fact: Making All Communication Digital Doesn’t Eliminate Sustainability Issues
Many companies and consumers want to be completely digital in terms of statements, invoices, and communications. One of the reasons is that most think it shrinks your carbon footprint. However, the digital world needs a lot of energy, which creates greenhouse gas emissions.
Sending an email to a customer with their communication isn’t without consequences. The number of emails we receive every day continues to grow, as do the many devices we use to receive them. In fact, the U.S. generates 7 million metric tons of electronic waste per capita.
Thus, it’s unfair to characterize going paperless as being “green.” It depends on the practices of the company and their standards.
Fact: We Minimize Paper Waste and Maximize Its Usage with a White Paper Factory
A White Paper Factory is a manufacturing method that involves feeding reams of white paper into printers. Documents and envelopes print simultaneously by marrying fully digitally composed files with in-line print production. Dynamic printing on each letter also means there is no need for inserts or pre-printed stock. It’s more efficient, accurate, and sustainable.
Fact: We Care About and Prioritize Sustainability
Through responsible sourcing and effective manufacturing processes, we demonstrate our commitment to sustainability every day. We follow best practices on recycling and have energy-efficient practices in place in our facilities. We’ve also offset the equivalent of 1.37 billion letter pages of paper by reforesting 164,000 trees.
Learn more about our sustainability commitment.