A common misunderstanding that many people have concerning print is that manufacturing books hurts the environment and kills trees. This is simply not true. Did you know that today, the U.S. has 20% more trees than it did on the first Earth Day? And just 11% of the world’s forests are used for paper (28% for lumber; 53% for fuel). In fact, forests “left to themselves” would perish due to disease, fire, and other natural causes.
The P.A. Hutchison Company proudly offers SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) & FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) products to our customers, giving them the choice to use paper products from responsible forests. You may be wondering to yourself, “What are responsible forests?” In a very brief explanation, safe forests are those that are monitored, have set replanting schedules, and prevent trees from being harvested too early. Private landowners plant about 4 million trees every day, this is 3-4 times more than they harvest.
FSC founded in 1993, and SFI in 1994, are organizations dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management. By working with conservation groups, communities, environmentalists, landowners, and countless others who strive to maintain the health of our environment, SFI has spread responsible forest management all over North America. By the end of 2011, certified area in North America measured 196 million acres (SFIprogram.org).
Do not fear that print will hurt your environment! The P.A. Hutchison Company can help you find the right product to suit your environmentally safe wishes.