As a print magazine, we are aware of our ecological footprint, and it is very fashionable to think that “going green” means reducing paper waste…but like most things, there’s a lot left on the table with such a notion. For instance, electronics such as readers, iPads, and cell phones don’t use paper, but they don’t exactly grow on trees. Most of the materials must be mined or pumped out of the earth; very few of them are recycled, and most contain metals and chemicals that, when they do eventually go back to the earth in one form or another, can leech into the ground. That’s not very green. Harmful chemicals are also associated with their manufacture, and they are often made in countries that have even worse environmental regulations than our own.
Paper, in contrast, does come from trees, and each day three to four times as many trees are planted as harvested by private landowners, according to the International Paper Company. Paper products, even if thrown away in a landfill, biodegrade more quickly and more safely than Blackberries and iPods, and the paper industry has come a long way from the strip harvesting they were known for in William Randolph Hearst’s day. Up to 65 percent of the fuel used in paper production comes from renewable biomass.
Our printer takes it a step further, and works with us to ensure that our impact on the environment is as low as possible. For instance, while we don’t usually brag about it, all the inks used to produce the magazine are soy-based. Our paper is sourced from Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper suppliers engaged in sustainable timber sourcing, and our printer utilizes a pollution-reduction system that removes 98.5 percent of all volatile organic compounds…they even have an in-house water treatment plant.
Still, we print on paper, and while we feel as though that choice was environmentally responsible, we encourage you to recycle the magazine when you’re finished with it. (One of our contributors makes complex origami ornaments with it, and is working on a laminated tabletop composed entirely of old issues…you don’t have to take it that far, though.)
Still, we want to give back even more, and if you want to be part of it, join us at our(614) Magazine Five-Year Anniversary Party April 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Pint House in the Short North, where we will celebrate half a decade with you by giving away six-hundred and fourteen free trees to whoever wants them! These saplings are just a token of our commitment to keeping the planet healthy, and we want you to plant them with us. Also, the first 150 guests will receive a complimentary SKYY Vodka cocktail, and there will be free pizza, as well…win-win!
Guests will be encouraged to take home an Eastern Red Cedar, a Blue Spruce, or a Mugo Pine, and will have the opportunity to learn more about them at the event. Any trees that don’t find a home that night will be available at various locations throughout the Short North during Gallery Hop on May 3, or for pick-up at our office until then – just email editor@614columbus if you’d like one, while supplies last!
So thanks for supporting us, Columbus, and come support your planet, too!