The trend lately is to convert to online billing and to add a line to your email signature that says, “Think about the environment before printing this email.” But is this really helping the environment? Let’s compare the environmental footprint of the printing industry verses the electronic industry:
- Printed materials are made from renewable resources, whereas electronics (computers, monitors, servers, mobile devices, etc) are not renewable. Paper is biodegradeable, recyclable and reusable. Electronics simply don’t come close.
- The main material used by the printing company is paper, and the industry is continuously renewing that material by planting more than three times what it harvests. On the other hand, electronics generally require metals that must be mined and refined, as well as plastics, hydrocarbon solvents and other non-renewable resources.
- Currently, 60% of all paper is recycled, recovered or reused. Conversely, only 18% of electronics in the US are recycled. The electronics industry is continually growing at an unsustainable and rapid rate, all while using non-renewable raw materials with increased energy demands.
When we look at the facts, it’s clear that our perspective about paper and printing verses electronic devices might have been off kilter. It’s time to set the facts straight!
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