Submitted: The Two Sides Team June 4, 2013
June 4, 2013
SUNY – College of Environmental Science and Forestry recently joined Two Sides as an Allied Organization. So when we found out that the Papyrus Club at SUNY-ESF and the Syracuse Pulp and Paper Foundation were designing and producing T-shirts to promote the great environmental story of paper products, Two Sides was happy to help.
We provided a small grant to help with the initiative and also sent some facts and information for consideration to print on the T-shirts.
Back of the T-shirt says:
Paper comes from trees; one of our most renewable resources.
The paper industry helps curb the loss of private forestland to development by providing landowners with an income-producing alternative.
In the United States, we grow more trees than we harvest. The amount of forestland has remained essentially the same – 750 million acres – over the last 100 years.
In 2012, over 65% of the paper produced in the U.S. in 2012 was recovered for recycling.
Paper is more recycled than any other commodity including plastics (8%), glass (27%) and aluminum (50%).
For every ton of paper recycled, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space is saved.
Energy generated and consumed in US paper production comes from renewable, carbon-neutral biomass.
Paper continues to store carbon throughout its lifetime and has a low carbon footprint.
The forest products industry leads all other manufacturing sectors in onsite electricity generation, meeting more than half of its own energy needs.
The print and paper industry accounts for only 1.1% of global carbon dioxide emissions; while the electronic communications sector accounts for over 2%, and this is expected to double by 2020.