My professor, Dr. Ed Shaughnessy, brought up an interesting point about paper usage and I decided to share it here because I think it’s interesting.
Therefore: wasting paper is actually good for the environment
I think, if anything, the theory illustrates that the tree-killing we’ve been led to believe about paper usage is not as shallow as it seems since tree-killing is not actually inherently bad. Nonetheless, I think the energy associated with making paper is the biggest contributor to environmental damage since the paper life cycle would otherwise be carbon neutral in a sense. The added damage of disrupting ecosystems for lumber harvesting is also pretty bad…
In conclusion, I will still try to be somewhat efficient with my paper usage within reason, but I will no longer be so adamant about paper recycling since that seems questionable in terms of saving the environment.