Have you ever wondered how many trees are harvested for paper compared to wood used for lumber, homebuilding or furniture in the United States? Why is a demand for printed products so valuable to our environment? Do we really have more trees today than ever? What is the most recycled, reusable and renewable resource on the planet? The latest edition of Print Grows Trees - The Book, has just been released in a softcover edition with newly updated images, data and industry statistics answers those questions and more. The book is part of the Print Grows Trees education campaign that uses facts to show that print on paper actually helps to grow trees and keep our forests from being sold for development. By connecting the dots between print and the private landowners who own almost 60 percent of U.S. woodlands, “Print Grows Trees” challenges the widely held belief that by using less paper, trees will be saved. The eighty page book provides detailed information about forest growth in North America, recycling rates for paper products and tells the story behind tree farmers and privately-held forest owners to paint a comprehensive picture of the important role a healthy demand for printed products has on the health of the environment and the renewal of America's forestlands. Single copies of the book are available to PGAMA members FREE upon request and may also be purchased in quantities at a deeply discounted rate. The book will also be available from Amazon.com in the coming weeks. Retail price: $15.95
PRINT 13 is all about the latest innovations in digital, offset, and hybrid technologies. This annual tradeshow takes place September 8–12, 2013, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Printing and Graphics Association MidAtlantic and Print Grows Trees will join Printing Industries of America with plenty of resources, experts, and live demos at Printing Industries of America Booth #4855. Take a break and visit Print Grows Trees at booth #4855
You'll find loads of great resources, new ideas and if you're quick, a complimentary copy of the new Print Grows Trees softcover book. So visit Printing Industries of America’s booth at PRINT 13
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See a preview of the Printing Industries of America booth by visiting www.printing.org/print13.
Note: This article was sent to us by Ralph Ash, PrintED instructor at Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua, Ohio. Keep up the good work Ralph!
Digital Design and Print Technologies Level ll students worked with Level ll Environmental Occupations students planting trees acquired through the Shelby County Soil and Water Conservancy. Planting and caring for trees is an everyday activity for the EO students. On the other hand, the DDPT students work daily with one of trees primary products – paper. Ralph Ash, DDPT level ll instructor, makes sure his students understand the value of reforestation and agrees with Paul Foster, of "Print Grows Trees" educational campaign, that print is the green option when compared to digital correspondence, bill paying, and banking. "All the electronic devices required to view non-paper correspondence and records use electricity which is fueled by non-renewable resources," he says.
The DDPT students are counting on careers in an industry which continues to adapt in a digital age. According to those involved with the Print Grows Trees campaign, the American jobs lost to e-publishing impacts industries beyond the press operators and papers mills. The DDPT students spread the "Print Grows Trees" message by silk screening campaign artwork on T-shirts shared with their EO counterparts. Both groups were undaunted by the mud and chill as they worked together to plant 50 trees in Willowbrook preserve on Thursday, April 24.
Ash hopes to expand the partnership with the EO program and his students' involvement with Print Grows Trees. He says, "Printing jobs haven't been outsourced and aren't going away. This is a solid career path with long-term potential."
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