US Company Works to Change the Future of Paper

Newpapers, magazines, press kits, brochures, catalogs, newsletters, and memos…oh my! We deal with hundreds of pieces of printed paper everyday, but most are discarded without a second thought to where they came from or what they’re really worth.

Some startling facts:

Americans discard 4 million tons of office paper every year — enough to build a 12 foot high wall of paper from New York to California.
In prehistoric times, 60 percent of the earth’s surface was covered by forests – today that amount has been reduced by 30 percent and is still shrinking.

It takes 17 pulpwood market-sized trees to make a ton of paper, or one tree makes about 11,500 pages of 8.5 x 11 20-pound paper. Although the technology and desire for paper with highly recycled content exists, many newspaper and magazine publishers have been slow to make the change to more sustainable paper sources. Thanks to a company in Illinois, however, businesses large and small now have access to hassle-free green publishing products.

FutureMark Paper Company is an environmental paper manufacturer that produces high-quality paper with an unmatched level of recycled content.

This article was originally published by Care2.com.

June 23, 2010