Green your Workplace with Tree-Free Paper
When you're at home, it's easy to be eco-friendly. You eat organic. You compost your trash. On sunny days, you even ride your bike to work.
Once you arrive at the office, though, it's another story: Every day, you print hundreds of pages of memos and documents, faxes, and photocopies. Entire forests have been decimated for the sake of your company's new employee manual.
It's a well-known fact that green tends to clash with corporate culture. But if you want to defend the forests against the evils of your office, there's an easy way: Buy tree-free paper for all your printing needs.
Tree-free paper sounds a bit exotic, but the truth is, it's the oldest kind of paper around: The first paper, created in China in 105 A.D., was made of plant fibers, and most paper through history has consisted of a blend of hemp and cotton, old rags, or other waste. But with the invention of the wood pulping process in the 19th century, trees became the easiest source for making paper — and there they went.
Still, it's not too late to mend our evil eco-ways. According to United Nations, in many developing countries, one-third of the paper is created without the use of wood pulp, and other sources are slowly catching on in the rest of the world, too. Tree-free paper sources consist of crops like hemp or flax, agricultural residue including sugarcane husks and banana stalk fiber, and, as in the old days, cotton rags. By using tree-free paper, you're not only helping forests to survive, but you're also supporting far more eco-friendly production methods, which use fewer abrasive chemicals and less energy than wood-pulp paper production.