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  • 1. Is PaperlessAlways Better?
  • 2. Everybody Knows That PaperHas an Environmental Impact.How Much? Producing one sheet of paper is responsible for about .03 pounds of carbon dioxide equivalents (greenhouse gases). Producing one sheet of paper from recycled content is responsible for about . 017 pounds of carbon dioxide equivalents.
  • 3. Effect of Paper on Biodiversity Trees around the world are being cut down and replaced with quick growing, paper producing varieties. This process reduces biodiversity by up to 90 percent.
  • 4. What If You Use ElectronicsOnly? An iPad releases about .004 pounds of carbon dioxide equivalents PER HOUR. That looks like electronic wins. But do electronics have other impacts on the environment?
  • 5. Metals Used in ManufacturingElectronics Rare earth metals are required, e.g. coltan. Mined in environmentally sensitive areas like the Congo.
  • 6. Disposal of Electronics Since the advent of flat screen technology, it has become difficult to recycle old cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors. Warehouses full of CRTs are being abandoned. CRTs are being dumped along roadsides. Lead from CRTs is contaminating soil and water. New flat panel screens contain toxic mercury.
  • 7. Both Paper and Electronichave Environmental Impacts What’s an environmentally concerned citizen to do? If you use paper, use 100% recycled paper. Use your electronic devices as long as you can rather than buying every new device to come out. Recycle when possible. Use EPEAT’s environmental impact tool for purchasing electronics.
  • 8. Further Information Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse http://www.ecycleclearinghouse.org/ Basel Action Network http://www.ban.org/ Transparent Planet http://transparentplanetllc.com/ EPEAT http://www.epeat.net/
  • 9. References Palmer, Brian. “Green Your Notes.” Slate 6 Sept. 2011. Web. 19 Mar. 2013. Urbina, Ian. “Unwanted Electronic Gear Rising in Toxic Piles.” New York Times 18 Mar. 2013. Web.
  • 10. References Palmer, Brian. “Green Your Notes.” Slate 6 Sept. 2011. Web. 19 Mar. 2013. Urbina, Ian. “Unwanted Electronic Gear Rising in Toxic Piles.” New York Times 18 Mar. 2013. Web.