How many times a day do you touch paper – items like textbooks, cereal boxes, receipts, catalogs, and newspapers play a huge role in daily life. But the use of paper and paper goods has a very real price: trees. Over 30% of trees cut down in the US are made directly into paper, and the loss of forests domestically and internationally contributes to global warming, water pollution, and decreased biodiversity and animal life. This is bad news. What’s the alternative? Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Use less paper by emailing school assignments, buying in bulk, saying no to receipts, and canceling junk mail makes a significant difference! Switching to 100% recycled, post-consumer or tree free paper while properly recycling the paper you do use protects the planet. Our goal with this initiative is to inform about the impact of paper, empower students to make the switch to 100% recycled/PCW paper or better yet tree free at their schools, demand that bookstores source from ethical paper companies and think about how to reduce paper use in every aspect of life.
Conscious School Supply