Aleratec celebrates America Recycles Day on November 15, 2015.
The topic of Global Warming seems to be on the front page more so lately than ever, and although opinions on the subject vary, few can argue over how important it is to be mindful of our environment. Most Americans are conscious of this, and recycling cans, bottles and paper is now as routine as taking out the trash for many. In spite of our heightened awareness, however, it’s easy to get a bit lazy. Seemingly insignificant scraps of paper are tossed in the trash instead of the recycling bin, or we neglect to check whether the packaging on the products we buy is made of recycled material.
Paper Recycling Reduces Methane Emissions
America Recycles Day is on November 15 and we believe it’s an important day to recognize, not only because it moves recycling back to the front of our consciousness, but because it educates us on facts that we may not be aware of, such as how important it is to recycle paper products.
According to the paperrecyclingcoalition.com, recycled paper uses 65% less energy than paper that uses raw materials, and when paper is not recycled, 80% of it ends up in landfills where it decomposes and produces methane gas. Landfills, according to the EPA, are the single largest source of methane emissions in the United States, and the decomposition of paper is the largest contributor to the methane being generated. Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees from being cut down; each tree that is saved helps remove carbon dioxide from the air, which climate scientists recognize as a major contributor to global warming. Plus, the production of recycled paper uses 80% less water than paper that uses raw materials, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions as well.
Part of Aleratec’s corporate philosophy is to be respectful. This includes our customers and technology partners, our employees and community and, of course, our environment. Some of our core products are hard disk drive duplicators and sanitizers that encourage wiping and recycling drives so harmful materials do not end up in our landfills. We instill this same philosophy to our packaging and products, such as Aleratec Shredder Lubricant Sheets that help optimize the performance of paper shredders. These sheets are made of eco-friendly resources such as sugar cane pulp, vegetable oil and recycled paper.
Does a sheet of eco-friendly paper used occasionally really make a difference? We believe it does. Tens of thousands of homes and offices use paper shredders and if everyone thought that their singular choices didn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things, we would never make a dent in this growing problem. So please help Aleratec celebrate America Recycles Day by spreading the word. Encourage purchasing managers to buy eco-friendly products. Set up recycling bins for paper, plastic and glass and visit http://americarecyclesday.org to find other ways you can make a difference.