The tricky job of buying responsible paper…

It’s high time Mule Mother Books starts to explore better paper options. I have always chosen recycled paper over non wherever I can find it… but the sad reality of starting a business where heavy amounts of paper are involved is that in the beginning, when you’re scraping by, you go with what your budget can handle. You need to figure out ways to keep producing and growing to a point where you can be more choosy about where your supplies are coming from. So in my research, exploring new options while getting exited about being a legit business that makes real money to pay very real bills (ugh…) I have come across some interesting facts about paper that is leading me evermore to believe in QUALITY over QUANTITY… Here are some very interesting facts about paper consumption in the US… (I think they can be pretty relatable to folks here in Canada as well!)…

  • It takes 60 percent less energy to manufacture paper from recycled stock than from virgin materials.
  • Producing a ton of virgin paper requires 20 trees and 7,000 more gallons of water than a ton of 100% recycled paper. Furthermore, chlorine is generally used in the bleaching process, releasing the carcinogenic chemical dioxin and other toxins.
  • If everyone in the U.S. said “no thanks” to ATM receipts, it would save a roll of paper so long it could circle the equator fifteen times.
  • If every household in the U.S. replaced just one roll of virgin fiber paper towels (70¬†sheets) with 100% recycled ones, we could save 544,000 trees.

Pretty ridiculous… hard to comprehend some of those numbers …..I feel like a lot of these kinds of facts get thrown around without people paying too much attention to them, but when you start to think of how massive it all is and how little effort it would take to change the situation dramatically, it all just seems so¬†unnecessary… so excessive.

So as I continue on looking for some sweet deals on 100% recycled, unbleached paper I will do my very best to make conscious decisions that just make sense; that benefit myself and the world around me….

Although I suppose if I really wanted to not contribute to more paper waste, I’d just stop making books, but that’s no good… That seems a bit excessive. ugh….