Going Green Experiment: Day Five…Paper Pushers

Our first weekend of the ‘Going Green Experiment’ was busy, yet fruitful. Saturday was our ’emission erosion’ day, and we carefully planned out our car routes in order to cut down time on the road, save gas and help limit our smog and emission contribution. We carpooled with some friends once we arrived at our destination for recreation, and we decided to stay the night instead of driving home and driving back the next day. Our recreation on Sunday was low key and low impact on the environment. We spent time with family and enjoyed cheese, apples and ping pong with friends.

A successful weekend left us pumped for this week of the ‘Going Green Experiment’. Our first day of the “Proper Paper Placement” Monday challenge was to go through our home and locate, and recycle, unneeded papers in our home. This first week of going green has consisted mainly of ‘cleaning up’ from our previous apathetic and uncaring attitude towards our Mother Earth and has resulted in a lot of work throughout our apartment. Today, I prepared for recycling almost 300 pieces of paper that weren’t needed in our home any more. Before this commitment we simply added them to our normal trash and through them in the dumpster. But its a new day! And today, I placed them in a separate sack so that I could take them to my local recycling center and drop them off. NBC4 says that, “America uses 100 million tons of paper each year, consuming one fourth of all the trees cut down in this country.” In response to pressure from Green enthusiasts, many companies have been pushed into making paper that is ‘green’. The Forest Stewardship Council has begun to monitor and certify the production of paper that is produced and logged in an environmentally efficient way. “The intent of the FSC system is to shift the market to eliminate habitat destruction, water pollution, displacement of indigenous peoples and violence against people and wildlife that often accompanies logging.” Even Xerox has now come out with ‘green’ printer paper that uses more of the tree and “requires less water and fewer chemicals and is produced in a plant using hydroelectricity to partially power the pulping process, reducing the reliance on fossil fuels” according to an article at MSNBC. Buying ‘green’ paper and buying paper that is FSC certified can help reduce the waste produced by normally manufactured paper and can encourage other companies to ‘go green’ with their paper production.

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