Metzgers Printing Doing Their Part To Save The Environment

environment-friendly...So I didn’t print that!

This past week I was sitting in a high school on mini-class night, and the Spanish teacher was explaining to the parents the year ahead for the students. He was showing various documents on the big screen Smart Board, and during his presentation he said, “I thought I’d save the environment, so I didn’t print that.”

As I looked around the room I saw about 30 parents, most between 35 to 55 years old. The teacher’s statement most likely didn’t bother anyone in the room (well, except me). We’ve been hearing this stuff about “saving the trees” and how paper is bad for the environment for years. And, honestly, it drives me nuts.

Old Nokia cell phone.Most of the people in that room should recall the evening news of early 1987. (Now remember, 1987 was the year after the Macintosh computer hit mainstream. There was no internet. No Google or personal smart phones. Heck, cell phones looked like this):

In fact, at this time, there were only one million actual subscribers of cell phones. But that’s not the point of my blog.

The Mobro Garbage Barge of 1987

The 1987 story that would change many of our lives was the story of the Mobro Garbage Barge.

The Mobro barge was a vessel filled with garbage that left a port near Brooklyn, NY in March of ‘87. It drove up and down the East Coast for nearly five months and during that time the news media, Tonight Show host Johnny Carson, and employees around water coolers all over the USA were talking about “The Garbage Barge.”

As the story unfolded, we learned that the captain had pulled away from port without final approved destination papers. He stopped many places to dump off his load of trash, but no one would accept the garbage. He stopped in ports along the East Coast and even tried Mexico and some southern islands. After five months he finally returned to Brooklyn, only six miles from his original port, to dump the trash.

You see, this was a time when recycling wasn’t as common as it is today. Plastic bottles were used, but no one would dream of paying a dollar for a bottle of water. It was already known then that paper and food products decompose quickly. Did you know that a banana peel and a paper bag will both decompose in one month; cardboard in two months and wool stock in one year?

The Mobro 4,000
The Mobro 4,000
Photo credit: John E. Conover, Jr. Source Site

But, getting back to 2011: Let’s not print that document…as we’re going to save the environment.

I do not wish to pick on this teacher too much, as most likely he was about ten or eleven years old in 1987. So he’s been brainwashed by the notion that the use of paper products is ecologically irresponsible.

A tin can takes 50 years to decompose, and an aluminum can 200-500 years? Yet, if recycled, it can be reused within six weeks. Disposable diapers take 550 years to break down, plastic jugs one million years and Styrofoam over a million years.

The Wood and Paper industries

Did you know that, of all the the wood extracted from the world’s forests, 53% is used for energy? And 28% is for lumber or construction? And just 11% is for the paper industry, of which the printing industry consumes just a portion.

Did you know that for every tree that is cut down, three are planted? And that has been going on for nearly 100 years, well before the environmentalists began their disinformation campaign? Did you know that wood (Tree’s) is a renewable energy?

Check out the facts from one of our paper suppliers:

Pie chart showing the percentages of wood consumption.

Joe’s Challenge

So, I challenge you to look around the room you are sitting in and:

  • Find anything that is MORE recyclable than Paper.
  • Find anything in that room that will decompose faster than paper.
  • Find anything that was grown from the earth that helps our environment more, than a tree.

Go ahead… print this! We’ll make sure there are more trees planted.



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