Protection of the environment, while a complex and multi-faceted topic, will always include concern over Global Deforestation. Whether you are looking at the issue of Tropical Rainforests or a Sustainable Managed Forestry operation; the bottom line is the world’s forests are a natural resource which we cannot afford to lose for a multitude of reasons.

Although the art of papermaking dates back to the First Century BC, the modern processing of producing pulp from wood fibers has only been around since the late 1870’s (< 150 years). In fact, the innovation of teaching with “Slateboards” introduced in 1801 was the direct result of the high cost and relative scarcity of paper at that time.

“Forests are cut primarily to produce paper products and lumber in roughly equal volumes.”1 Although the highly mechanized processing of paper today has many steps along the way; basically forests are cut into logs, debarked and chipped; reduced to a pulp, bleached and then converted into paper. Aside from consumption concerns, many environmentalists have issues with the pulping process which is done either mechanically or chemically depending upon the grade of paper being manufactured.

Regardless of “how” we get our paper; it is actually the “what” we use paper for that holds out the greatest hope for our future ecosystems. According to the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) 1995, “much of the paper produced is used only for a short time and then discarded. Only about one tenth of the global paper stream goes into “cultural memory”---long term storage in such forms as files, records and books.” As far as volume of usage, please consider the following. According to the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) 1995, “the average American office worker is estimated to use a sheet every twelve minutes ---a ream per person every two and a half working weeks --- and disposes of between 100-200 pounds of paper per person per year.”

In today’s digital world of multi-gigabyte hard drives providing faster and smarter retrieval of information, there’s no denying computers have changed our lives. With communications, we now opt for e-mail, e- books, social networking and downloading virtual newspapers; so why have pixels not replaced paper? ... and paper consumption still continues to grow. The reason is people are not aware of what goes into making that piece of paper; often use it for frivolous purposes and don’t ever consider the waste/landfill implications. Utilizing Everase whiteboards instead of paper whenever possible, stands to make a tangible difference as well as delivers a cost savings and convenience factor that will surprise as you explore the many, many possibilities of use.

1 Hawken,P.; Lovins AB and LH., 1999: Natural Capitalism, Creating the Next Industrial Revolution;Little, Brown and Company, Boston