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Paper Milk, Wine, Juice, and Household Containers Instead of Plastic

By Paige Wills in Facts About Deforestation, Facts About The Paper Industry, How Paper Is Environmentally Friendly, Why Choose Paper?

 
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International Recycling Symbol 32px|alt=W3C|link=http://validator.w3.org/✓ The source code of this SVG is valid. Category:Valid SVG (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Even though people today are more committed to recycling than they used to be; not enough recycling is being done. Plastic, glass, and paper products pile up in landfills.

One company, GreenBottle, has taken on the challenge of creating milk, wine, juice, and other household containers and making them easier to recycle. According to the website, the shell of a GreenBottle is made from virgin or recycled cardboard and molded into the shape of containers.

Now you may be thinking to yourself, how can a paper container hold liquid? According to the website, inside the paper container is a plastic liner. What makes this idea so convenient for recycling is that consumers just simply have to rip the tab on the paper container, remove the plastic liner, and recycle properly. However, even if sometimes the bottle isn’t recycled, the paper section is biodegradable.

GreenBottle offers paper containers for: (Click the links below to see a picture and learn more about it)

According to the website, GreenBottle is available in the following areas:

  • Cornwall
  • Somerset
  • Suffolk
  • Devon
  • Dorset
  • Essex

It doesn’t seem that is it available in the U.S. market yet. However, if I saw it in my local grocery store, I would definitely buy it. If you visit the website and look at the pictures, in my opinion, it is nicely designed and appealing to the eye.

What are your thoughts? What do you think about the idea? Do you think it is something that will catch on worldwide? Do you think it makes recycling easier from a consumer standpoint? Would you purchase it?

Check out the website to learn more about the product, company, and watch a video about the company, http://www.greenbottle.com/

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“Prometheus” Paper Movie Trailer

By Paige Wills in Why Choose Paper?

 

We all are used to seeing the usually exciting movie trailers on television. They are filled with intense music or funny scenes that draw us into the movie theater. However, one man has created a trailer that replicates the entire “Prometheus” movie trailer. The only difference is his is made with paper according to the article on Hollywood Reporter’s website titled, “Fan-Created ‘Prometheus’ Paper Trailer Impresses 20th Century Fox (Video).”

According to the article, the trailer was created by Los Angeles filmmaker Travis Betz. Prometheus opened in theaters in the U.S. on June 8. He has other short films for the Internet that are made using  paper.

I think this just goes to show how paper and technology can work hand-in-hand. He obviously put a lot of time into this production, and it paid off. Many people are looking to be unique in today’s ever-growing society. This definitely stands out. In the article, Fox executive vice president of corporate communications Chris Petrikin said, “This is further proof that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and that talent is everywhere.”

As of late afternoon on June 9, 2012, it had over 243,000 views on YouTube.

I think Betz did a good job following the original trailer. I have included the real movie trailer and the paper movie trailer below.

If you have five minutes, watch both and tell me what you think.

YouTube Prometheus Movie Trailer:

YouTube Paper Trailer:

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American Forest & Paper Association Community Paper Recycling Award

By Paige Wills in Facts About The Paper Industry, How Paper Is Environmentally Friendly, Why Choose Paper?

 
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English: Used paper is collected for paper recycling in Ponte a Serraglio near Bagni di Lucca, Italy Deutsch: Altpapier auf einem Recyclinghof in Ponte a Serraglio bei Bagni di Lucca, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The popularity of recycling paper and other products is growing in our society. Many people are beginning to realize the negative and harmful effects not recycling is having on our Earth. Many companies are beginning to take on the challenge of recycling as well.

According to a press release on American Forest & Paper Association’s, AF&PA, website titled, “American Forest & Paper Association Presents Naval Air Station Whidbey Island with 2012 AF&PA Community Paper Recycling Award,” the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Washington, won the 2012 AF&PA Community Paper Recycling Award. According to the release, the base recovered 2,664,000 pounds of paper and paper-based packaging. This is the average of 222 pounds of recycling per person.

According to the press release, the recycling program began in 1990 as part of a larger effort to change the way the Navy bases across the globe conducted business. In the last five years, 7,300 tons of paper has been recovered for recycling.

According to the press release, AF&PA recently announced in 2011 the U.S. reached a record-high recovery rate of paper – 66.8%. The press release states “This is equivalent to 52.8 million tons and enough to fill 9,280 railroad box cars spanning the distance from New York to Los Angeles more than three times.” By 2020, the goal is to reach 70%.

Share your thoughts. Do you think recycling is becoming a staple in our society?

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Stephen King to Release Next Book in Paper-Format Only

By Paige Wills in Facts About The Paper Industry, Why Choose Paper?

 
Stephen King, American author best known for h...

Stephen King, American author best known for his enormously popular horror novels. King was the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Taken at the 2007 New York Comicon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Everyone says paperback books will soon be a thing of the past. E-books are the way to go. They are cheaper and more easily accessible. If this is the truth, then why is one of the world’s most well-known authors opting to publish his next book in paper-format only?

According to an article on BBC News’ Website titled, “Stephen King opts to only offer novel in book from [sic],” the book Joyland will be released in June 2013 in paperback only.

So you may be thinking, why paperback? Here is an excerpt from the article:

“I loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we’re going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being,” said King.”

According to the article, King released a book in e-format in 2000 titled Riding the Bullet. It was so successful that the website crashed due to an overload of traffic. However, within hours, his book was being offered for free on the Internet.

I would find it extremely frustrating if something I worked so hard on was being offered for free within hours of me releasing it. No matter who the author is, they deserve to be paid for their time.

According to the article, he sold installments online of the book The Plant. However, he only completed six chapters because he said he would quit writing the novel if readers didn’t pay for it.

Here is another short excerpt from the article:

He later revealed that he made a profit of more than £300,000, yet he brought the experiment to a halt, claiming: ‘Book-readers don’t regard electronic books as real books.’”

I know if I was an author, I would prefer to see my book in paper-format. E-books are nice and convenient. However, if I spent countless hours writing a book, I would want something to show for it. I would want to be able to carry it around to show family and friends. I would want to be able to proudly display it on my bookshelf or coffee table. A book is more than a story, it is a piece of art.

King is going against the grain so-to-speak. It could be a good experiment and will prove if paper books still stand a chance in this digital age.

In the article, King said, “”Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book…”

What are your thoughts? Do you think it is a smart move or do you think it will hurt sales? Are you willing to pay a little more for a paperback book as compared with a digital book?

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Paper Sheets and Gowns in Hospitals?

By Paige Wills in Facts About The Paper Industry, How Paper Is Environmentally Friendly, Why Choose Paper?

 
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A patient having his blood pressure taken by a physician. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are all familiar with the paper documents, paper towels, and sheet of paper that covers the bench that patients sit on in family doctor offices and urgent care centers. However, one hospital in Australia is looking at switching from linen sheets and gowns to paper sheets and gowns in an effort to cut costs.

According to the article on the Herald Sun’s website by Paul Lampathakis titled, “Hospital to save money by using paper bed sheets,” The Sunday Times can reveal Perth’s Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital has been pushing to use disposable paper bedsheets, patient gowns and other articles in general and other wards.”

According to the article, the plan hasn’t been publicized heavily because they knew people would be upset. A cost-benefit analysis has to be conducted first, and “Australian Medical Association WA president David Mountain said the AMA wanted proof that patient care and comfort would not be compromised by the plan.”

In the article, a spokesperson for Health Minister Kim Hames said that in some settings paper linen was considered best practice.

Also, the article mentions the washing jobs that will be lost; however, it fails to mention if any jobs would be gained in the paper industry…

Although I believe paper has a place in the medical setting, I’m not sure paper sheets and gowns are appropriate. I believe paper towels, paper documents and patient files are more appropriate.

I personally don’t think paper sheets and gowns are practical for patients who have to stay in hospitals long term. However, it could be better to use paper gowns and sheets in emergency rooms or doctors’ offices where the patient’s length of stay is short-term.

What are your thoughts on this topic?

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