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Going Green, Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability

Magnolia Press in Orlando believes that it is our duty to help preserve the environment. To that purpose, we partnered with Orlando Recycling to dispose of our waste paper.

This program allows fewer trees to be cut, less damage to the land they grow in, and saves the energy needed to harvest them. Last year alone, we returned over 66,000 pounds of high quality paper.

Another way we contribute to reducing environmental pollution is to help our customers recycle by picking up their used or out-dated printed products and adding them to our existing paper waste. This program added more than 10,000 pounds of paper that may have otherwise gone to a landfill.

The two types of paper we recycle are Pre-consumer and Post-consumer paper products. Pre-consumer waste is material which left the paper mill but was discarded before it was ready for consumer use. Post-consumer waste is material discarded after consumer use, such as old corrugated containers, old magazines, old newspapers, office paper, old telephone directories, and residential mixed paper.

Today, 90% of paper pulp is made of wood. Recycling one ton of newsprint saves about 1 ton of wood while recycling 1 ton of printing or copier paper saves slightly more than 2 tons of wood. It has been estimated that recycling half the world’s paper would avoid the harvesting of 20 million acres of forestland.

Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7 thousand US gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil (84 US gal), and 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity — enough energy to power the average American home for six months.

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