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Here at SanMar we’ve taken steps to reduce our paper consumption, including switching to paperless invoices and leveraging technology to bring some processes online. But we can’t ditch the printer completely. Sometimes business calls for paper, so we wanted to find a way to consume responsibly and offset our impact.
In 2018 we worked with our managed printer service provider to find a solution and they introduced us to PrintReleaf — a service that allows us to certifiably reforest our paper consumption by planting trees through their Global Forestry Partners around the world. PrintReleaf tracks our paper consumption and for every 8,333 sheets* we consume, they plant a tree through their network of certified reforestation projects.
Forests are vital to planetary and human health and the benefits of reforestation are vast: from providing habitats for wildlife to mitigating climate change by absorbing and storing carbon. Forests protect and serve communities, improve water quality and reduce the risk of flooding in certain areas.
Trust and transparency is key, so PrintReleaf also administers an eight-year audit process to track progress. To do that, a third-party certifying body conducts a certification of the individual partner organizations, each of their reforestation projects, as well as on-the-ground verification of the survivability of the trees.
In our efforts to minimize our environmental impact and work toward our sustainability goals, we’ve recognized the importance of looking for opportunities to make a difference in every part of our business and working with existing partners to find solutions. This simple step has proven to be an easy-to-use, verifiable way to reforest our paper consumption and make a difference in supporting forestry partners and their projects around the world.
* PrintReleaf guarantees every sheet of paper a customer consumes will be reforested at a rate of 8,333 sheets of standard letter (8.5 × 11" 20lb paper) or 37.16kg per tree (40ft height × 7in width or 12.192m × 0.1778m).
This open-source formula is widely and generally accepted as the industry standard as established by the Environmental Paper Network. The Environmental Paper Network is a coalition of over one hundred global organizations including the Environmental Defense Fund and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.