Monday, May 31, 2010

Paper does grow on trees.

    There are many differant ways of making paper, but the most common method uses trees.    Trees are one of the best sources of renewable fiber, with several benefits to the environment.   As trees grow to size for harvesting to be turned into paper, they reduce greenhouse gases, and give off oxygen.   So breathe easy!   Everyday the forest products industry plants more than 1.7 Million trees in the U.S.A.   Today, there are 12 Million more acres of forests in the U.S.A. than there was in 1987.

    By 1992, tree growth outpaced harvest by 34% and the volume of wood in the forest was 360% more than in 1920.

    By 2010, the figure for recycling paper has hit 57.4%, which does not figure in the 15% that is taken out of the cycle to be used as toilet tissue and tissue paper.    Part of the 15% is also books that are kept and not recycled.

    So you see, the old adage goes..."Don't use paper, Save a tree" is really wrong.  As paper production goes down, the amount of trees planted also goes down.   When you read something like this Blog online, you use electricity which is usually produced by methods not so good for the environment, and use a computer that was produced with many plastics and metals that are not recycled.  

   I will produce a post soon that shows the comparison of these two methods of communicating.   Newspapers are more "green" than reading your news online.   Really!

    Here are a few links to look at about responsible forestry for you to look at.   If you would rather let me read this boring stuff and condense it down for you just check in here often.

International Paper Company    Life of the Forest     Kjellberg Printing

    I have included our company web address as well because we have recycled almost all of our scrap paper since 1971 AD.    We were on the tip of the green movement.   

Talk again soon.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Paperless world?

     Can you imagine a world without paper?   We use it so often we don't even notice it much.
 When we are born the hospital hands our parents a sheet of paper saying we are born.   Then our little feet are smeared with ink and stamped on our Apple Tablet, oops, stamped on a piece of paper.  Right?

    Then we go off to school for twelve years to earn 1 sheet of paper which we store in a padded frame.   After that we march off to a very expensive school to work like a squirrel to get another piece of paper.   Once we earn that one, we can print up a very fancy set of papers that we hope will get us a job.   Once we start work we slave away the best years of our life to earn one more piece of paper per week.   This is the best sheet of all...we can take it to a bank and trade it for a nice stack of paper we can use to buy more things.   If we meet the person of our dreams, we can both sign a piece of paper and enjoy married life together.   Life goes on and eventually our family is given one last piece of paper.

     So you see paper is a very important part of our life.   Yes, some of this is all "electric" now, but it will never feel the same or even be the same as a real piece of paper!

     I have not said anything about what we reach for when we sneeze, or dab our eyes with while watching a chick flic!   There is also one more paper we use that modesty prevents me from typing...But just think, what would life be without paper.

A special thanks to my crowd of loyal followers...both of 'ya!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Money doesn't grow on trees.


I'll bet you've been wondering where money comes from. Sit back and relax, I've done your homework! Money is not printed on is a blend of linen and cotton fibers. The United States Bureau of Engraving prints 37 million "dollar bills" per day, with a total value of $696 million dollars. Most is used to replace old worn out money like the kind I carry around in my wallet. Speaking of wallets...if you were to try to haul 1-million 1 dollar bills around you will need a serious pair of suspenders because they would weigh 2040.8 pounds. Since you have read this far you must be bored. Why not try to find the 4 cars and 11 lightposts on the back of the (old version)  ten dollar bill. Ok, break is over...go earn some money.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Here goes...Paper knowledge you need to know.

Hi everyone,

As this is post number one I thought I'd toss out a few things about paper that you may have been wondering about. My goal is to post goodies like this once a week, so if this is interesting, or you are really bored, please come back again.

Paper was invented in China way back in the year 105 A.D.

I believe it was invented so they could stick something into those fortune cookies!

You may be staying awake nights wondering how much "-----" can be made from one tree.
Here is a list of some facts I found that help me sleep like a baby.

From one cord of wood (approx. one tree) the following can be made...

12 dining room table sets (seating for 8)
30 rocking chairs
250 copies of the New York Times newspaper (Sunday edition)
942 one pound books
1 to 2000 lbs of paper depending on grade
1200 National Geographic Magazines
2700 36 page daily newspapers.