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In Defense of Print

Despite the many environmentally friendly actions taken by the paper, printing and publishing industries, little is known of these efforts due to a self-inflicted inability to publicize them. Unlike the auto or fuel industries, we don't spend any money as an industry on effective green promotion.
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Doc always defends his honor and that of a lady. And I've found myself defending the art of print plenty of times. But never with the thoroughness of Charlie Corr, who's the Chief Strategist at Mimeo.com. Charlie recently posted an open letter to the paper and printing industries on the Website Whattheythink.com.

As interesting to read as the column is, be sure to catch the comments, as well. Lots of good stuff.

It is increasingly popular to bash the use of paper. The industry is an easy target as everyone uses paper and the presentation of the industry is laughable (think Dunder Mifflin on The Office).

Despite the many environmentally friendly actions taken by the paper, printing and publishing industries, little is known of these efforts due to a self-inflicted inability to publicize them. Unlike the auto or fuel industries, we don't spend any money as an industry on effective green promotion.

Think about it, paper primarily comes from trees. Trees are a renewable resource. They come from farms. You don't see people bashing farmers, why paper? Trees improve the environment by moderating climate, improving air quality, conserving water, and harboring wildlife. According to the Department of Agriculture, one acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.

There are a lot of good facts about the paper and print industries and what they've done to be more environmentally responsible. Plus, did I mention that the comments are entertaining?

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