I’ve finished with my newsletter
First of all, thank you for reading it!
- You may like to pass it on to someone else that might like to read the articles or who may benefit from knowing about local businesses.
- It might be worth keeping it somewhere safe ready for if you ever do need to use a local business!
- If you can find no further use for the newsletter you may like to let your kids turn it into paper aeroplanes and see who has the best design.
- Use a paper shredder and used as pet bedding (assuming the ink used isn’t going to pose a problem – don’t forget to remove the staple!)
- If you have kids or perhaps even if you don’t! Why not use the left over newsletter to make something out of ‘paper mache’?
- Finally if you’ve reached the decision to say goodbye to the newsletter it is 100% recyclable!
Sustainable ‘Eco-Friendly’ resources
All of the paper used to make the newsletters comes from sustainable sources and carries the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or Ecolabel accreditation which means that is has been sourced in an environmentally-friendly, socially responsible and economically viable manner.
Like us, the print company we use takes the environment and our effects on it very seriously. The print company is part of the Woodland Carbon Project working in partnership with the Woodland Trust. Part of this includes planting new trees to reduce carbon dioxide in the environment and helping to reduce their carbon footprint.
The print company that prints our newsletter uses vegetable-based inks on their lithographic presses. Conventional inks are petroleum-based and emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere. VOCs cause environmental pollution. Petroleum based inks emit between 25% and 40% VOCs as they dry, whereas vegetable-based ink emissions rates can be as low as 4%.
Petroleum-based inks contain products refined from crude oil and the energy required for extraction, refining and treatment for this is high which adds to the environmental damage. Crude oil is also a fossil fuel, resources of which are dwindling very fast. Vegetable oil based inks, on the other hand, are derived from renewable resources.
Vegetable based inks also have the added benefit of being easier to remove from recycled paper and print during the de-inking process of recycling.
I’ve heard newsletters aren’t environmentally friendly:
This isn’t entirely true. Like absolutely everything in life it will have a carbon footprint. The newsletter is printed on a renewable resource and is 100% recyclable so therefore they’re more environmentally friendly than the use of computers to read articles and view adverts as the newsletter is made of a 100% recyclable product and it is one of the world’s most recycled products.
There is an element of irony when people use their computing devices to complain about the environmental impact of paper newsletters which is lost on some.
- Computing devices consume electricity and have an ongoing carbon footprint, our newsletters don’t.
- Computing devices have larger amounts of metal in them that has been dug up from the earth destroying the landscape and is encapsulated in non-recyclable plastic. Our newsletter is have 2 little staples and is 100% recyclable and contains recycled products.
- The carbon foot print of producing a computing device is significantly greater than a paper newsletter.
- Computing devices are often produced in factories abroad that have poor working conditions and poor human rights. Our newsletter is produced here in Wilstock, and printed in Taunton using paper that is FSC certified sustainable.
- You can pin our newsletter on a board and come back to it time and time again without increasing the carbon footprint, using a computing device to do this would increase the energy carbon footprint.
- You can turn our newsletter into something different or share it before you recycle it.
For more information, you may wish to compare Facts & Myths over at https://www.twosides.info/
A great comparison between the use of paper and computing devices can be found here: https://www.fujixerox.com/eng/company/technology/production/ma/electronic_media/case1.html
- Each newsletter is made of 4-6 pages of paper printed on both sides to create 16 A5 pages, the newsletter’s creation produces about 30.03g – 45.45g of CO2 x 12 newsletters per year = 363.6g – 545.4g of CO2
- A 6 pack of Walkers crisps creates about 450g of CO2
- The average CO2 figure for beef production is:
-221g of CO2 per 1 gram of beef
-442g of CO2 per 2 grams of beef
-663g of CO2 per 3 grams of beef
What can I do to offset the CO2 from the newsletter?
- Buying 1 less 12 pack of walkers crisps would offset your newsletter’s CO2 for 2-3 years.
- Buying just over 4 grams less of beef would offset your newsletter’s CO2 for 2-3 years.
What is Wilstock & Stockmoor News Ltd doing to offset the CO2 from all the newsletters?
We don’t expect our readers to change their lifestyle for our newsletter, which is why we purchased 1 tonne of CO2 offset on 1st September 2020. Our company is already incredibly environmentally friends and so this single 1 tonne offset should cover us for 12 months of production to 2000 homes. We will review this every month to ensure that we continue to be a carbon negative company.
But there is more. Our aim is to use 100% recycled paper within the next 12 months.
(Values above on CO2 emissions are estimated based on industry averages. See sources for more information.)
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/17102019/climate-change-meat-beef-dairy-methane-emissions-california#:~:text=For%20every%20gram%20of%20beef,straining%20resources%20and%20consuming%20land. https://www.fujixerox.com/eng/company/technology/production/ma/electronic_media/case1.html https://www.greeneatz.com/foods-carbon-footprint.html