WASHINGTON – The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) released its 2013 Sustainability Progress Report showing improvements on a range of sustainability indicators and focusing on the industry’s contributions toward a green economy. Continue reading
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São Paulo, Brazil, June 6th, 2013 – Today, the sixth biennial international CEOs Roundtable organized by the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) took place in São Paulo, Brazil. More than 50 CEOs and association leaders from around the world met to address issues of common interest, including the consequences of economic pressures on forests from the demand for food, fuel and fiber, the impacts of government policies and programs on the forest products industry, and how to position the industry in its transition for the future. Continue reading
Paper, one of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable products, is made from farmed trees, just as your morning cereal was made from farmed wheat or corn. Plantation trees help to absorb carbon dioxide from and release life-giving oxygen into the atmosphere. Trees, and thus paper and wood products, store this carbon as solid matter. By recycling paper, we can ensure that this carbon is kept out of the atmosphere for longer. Paper recycling is one of the simplest ways that we can green our future. Continue reading
A study that purportedly shows tablet users’ “preference for digital magazines over print magazines” actually suggests that people really don’t like tablet magazines.
“23% of tablet users prefer digital magazines on tablets over print,” says a blog post from Mequoda about its new study “How American Adults Consume Magazines on Tablets.” The blog post and trade-media coverage interpret the data as meaning that tablet magazines are about to enter a boom period.
But here’s the real news: Three-fourths of U.S. tablet users do not prefer digital magazines to print magazines. Read that sentence again: It doesn’t say three-fourths of U.S. Luddites or of adults or of magazine readers; it says three-fourths of tablet users.
Isn’t that a bit like people with Blu-Ray players preferring to watch VHS tapes?
In the same study, 51% of tablet users prefer streaming video to broadcast and 39% prefer e-books to printed books.
Yes, tablet use is growing. Mequoda found that a majority of U.S. internet users have access to a tablet. And yes people are learning to do more and more with them. Tablets are displacing laptops for many people.
But tablet owners apparently haven’t fallen in love with reading magazines on their tablets.That may be why Newsweek has reportedly gone from 1.5 million subscribers to 470,000 less than six months after dropping print to go digital-only.
Despite all the hype about iPads and Kindles, U.S. magazine publishers are making far more money on the web and generally wondering when their tablet investments will pay off.
In fact, though no one seems to talk about it, the real game-changing technology for subscription magazines has been browser-based editions — that is, digital replicas that can be read on any computer. Many a B2B publication has shifted 50% or more of its subscription base to these simple page-flip editions, but few print-and-digital publications get even 10% of their circulation from tablet editions.
The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) is calling on businesses to change their attitude to paper during Green Office Week (22-26 April) by shredding the misconceptions they have about paper.
Day in, day out, we are faced with messages about the harm that paper does to our environment. More often than not, these messages can be found in two places: at the bottom of emails and from service providers informing you of their move from postal to electronic distribution of documents. Continue reading
This video on Youtube is doing the rounds. We love it almost as much as we love paper!
Press release from Two Sides
7th March 2013, London, UK – A resolution placed before the US Senate seeks to reverse recent federal initiatives to eliminate paper-based information
‘Consumers for Paper Options’, a US group set up to challenge the drive towards a digital only society, applauds the resolution
Originally reported by Industry Intelligence, 5th March 2013
The resolution, introduced by U.S. Reps. Duffy & Michaud, says Agencies Should Continue to Provide Americans with Paper Options for Social Security Benefits, Savings Bonds, Tax Forms & Other Services Continue reading
THE hottest new material in town is light, strong and conducts electricity. What’s more, it’s been around a long, long time.
Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC), which is produced by processing wood pulp, is being hailed as the latest wonder material. Japan-based Pioneer Electronics is applying it to the next generation of flexible electronic displays. IBM is using it to create components for computers. Even the US army is getting in on the act, using it to make lightweight body armour and ballistic glass. Continue reading
The following open letter has been sent to Mr. Eric Schmidt of Google and highlights Two Sides’ concerns that Google and others are trying to promote their services as environmentally preferable to print and paper whereas there is significant evidence that electronic communication, and Google’s activities in particular, carry a significant and increasing environmental footprint. Continue reading