On Behalf of Paper

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For centuries, people have read and learned on paper. It has loyally served man as the ideal vehicle for conveying our thoughts, feelings, and ideas. In recent years, an opponent has risen: computers. The computer brought the world to our fingertips, to the palm of our hands, but is this competitor superior? Should we drop the written and printed empire that had dominated and quenched our thirst for knowledge for so long? Paper has served an ever-changing world well, constantly adapting and morphing into new and improved forms. Even in a world where consumers demand eco-friendly products, paper has adapted. Paper remains important and practical despite a growing demand for their electronic counterparts. Paper has become one of the most…show more content…
We threw out scraps. By the time I moved on, everything was recycled. We even urged customers to use paper that had at least 10% post consumer product.” Although paper has been harmful to the environment in the past, it has become the most recycled material in the country. This recyclable product is a practical and eco-friendly vehicle for conveying information. Despite common belief, America’s forests are not being destroyed to satisfy a large demand for paper or any other wood product. According to the USDA Forest Inventory, the area of forest in the United States has increased by 13 Million acres since 1987. Before 1987, the national forest area had been declining since settlers landed in the new world.. During this extensive period, forests were decimated and any business associated with forestry gained a stigma. This stigma has carried on. The forest inventory data clearly shows a change in 1987. A nearly five century trend was reversed. The reversal of deforestation has been attributed, in part, to paper mills and other paper production facilities largely contributing to the roughly 1.8 million acres of trees planted every year. The forests of America are growing once again. The sustainable practices adopted by those who produce paper has helped to make it an even more practical and eco-friendly product despite a lingering stigma. Paper lends an important role in fine motor skill development, a role that computer devices lack the ability to
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