How many times a day do you touch paper? Items like textbooks, cereal boxes, receipts, printer paper, 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 waste paper (and advocating for that on school campuses and in offices) and properly recycling the paper you do use protects the planet. Our goals with this platform are to inform about the impact of paper, empower students to make the switch to 100% recycled/PCW paper at their schools, demand that bookstores source from ethical paper companies and think about how to reduce paper use in every aspect of life.