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Using more wood for construction can slash global reliance on fossil fuels

Despite an established forest conservation theory holding that tree harvesting should be strictly minimized to prevent the loss of biodiversity and to maintain carbon storage capacity, the new study shows that sustainable management of wood resources can achieve both goals while also reducing fossil fuel burning. The results were published March 28 in the Journal of Sustainable Forestry. Continue reading

The scent of a newspaper – scratch and sniff adverts

 

Scratch here .... (Source: http://www.smh.com)

Scratch here …. (Source: http://www.smh.com)

Coles has placed scented ads in major metro newspapers to promote its Heston Blumenthal lemon myrtle hot cross buns in the run-up to Easter.

The scratch and sniff full-pager, developed by specialist scented advertising agency Reed Pacific Media in conjunction with Coles and UM, is said to reflect Blumenthal’s recipe featuring “notes of lemon myrtle and orange, with undertones of ginger.” Continue reading

Going green? Paper is the way to go.

It is time to think differently about paper use. (Image: iStock)

It is time to think differently about paper use. (Image: iStock)

We are told to ‘save the planet and go digital’ or save the environment by opting for e-billing. You may even have ‘please consider the environment…’ on your emails.

Let us stop buying into claims by service providers that going paperless saves trees and combats climate change.

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Download ‘Design for Recycling’ – a reference guide for the packaging industry

Design for RecyclingThe Packaging Council of South Africa has released an in-depth reference guide aimed at packaging designers, sustainability managers, line convertors, printers and students. The objective of this project has been to produce a guidance document that is sufficiently detailed to assist designers in all forms of packaging and paper. It will provide packaging and print designers, in particular, with a better understanding of the environmental implications of their design decisions, thus promoting good environmental practices without unnecessarily restricting choice. Continue reading

Global Forest and Paper Industry Celebrates International Day of Forests

Growing and harvesting trees provides jobs for millions of men and women around the world. Working forests are good for the environment, providing clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat, carbon neutral energy, carbon storage and can help mitigate forest fires. (Photo credit: Mondi)

Growing and harvesting trees provides jobs for millions of men and women around the world. Working forests are good for the environment, providing clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat, carbon neutral energy, carbon storage and can help mitigate forest fires. (Photo credit: Mondi)

WASHINGTON – March 21, the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) will celebrate the United Nations International Day of Forests. The ICFPA is proud to represent the contributions of the global forest products industry to sustainable development on a day designated to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests.  Continue reading

Get creative with paper

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The beauty of working with paper is that each creation can be unique. Whether it is for a birthday card, a get well card or a Valentine’s card, making your own cards, can be therapeutic and fun.

Here are five tips to get you started. The rest is all up to you.

  1. Take a trip to your local stationery shop. Buy some coloured paper and board that preferably carries a mark of certification (FSC, PEFC or SFI). This will assure you that the paper has come through a sustainable process, from the forest to production. (Don’t forget the glue, stamps and stickers)
  2. You don’t need to spend money either – hunt around the house and gather up old newspapers and magazines.
  3. Browse the internet for ideas, from origami heart envelopes to paper heart chains.
  4. Look up your favourite love poem, line from a movie or song. Print or write it out. Maybe you print a photo that means something to the both of you.
  5. Find a comfortable, quiet spot, sit down with a cup of tea, put on some music…. Revel in this moment and channel your inner artist

Send us a photo of your paper creations to ideas@pamsa.co.za or on Twitter @PaperRocks_SA.