One trait all papertarians have in common is a deep love of forests. Whether we show it by camping among the trees or just gazing at them through our windows, we want to take care of them.
And we know that choosing paper-based products and packaging is the easy way to do that—and to do right by the planet.
Did you know that paper is one of the few truly sustainable materials in the U.S.?
Most paper is made from the wood pulp found in trees. Paper producers work with private landowners to continually source, plant and grow trees. Thanks to their efforts, the volume of tree growth in the U.S. each year is roughly double the amount harvested.
And a healthy demand for paper and paper-based packaging—from notebooks to print magazines and milk cartons—is a strong incentive for those landowners to keep doing what they’re doing rather than clear-cutting forested land for other types of development.
So instead of paper and cardboard boxes destroying forests, they're actually helping to sustain them. The U.S. has about 766 million acres of forests, and trees are cut and removed from only about 2% of them each year—less than the amount affected naturally by disease, insect damage and fire.
Sustainable forestry practices, meanwhile, help keep woodlands healthy and flourishing so that they can store carbon, slowing climate change, and improve soil and water quality. At the same time, they provide a bounty of habitats for wildlife from wild turkeys and foxes to quail, tree frogs and rabbits.
What does that mean for us? Ultimately, trees—an infinitely renewable resource—are good for
the planet and good for us. Which is why going papertarian is the smart choice.
A Promise to Paper
A Promise to Paper
There's no better way to commit to paper than, well, on paper. So take the papertarian pledge, print it out, and remember the promise you made to yourself and the planet.