We Have Seen the Future and it is Paperless

Rossland Telegraph
By Rossland Telegraph
June 23rd, 2008

Here are the facts.

The average North American consumes about 120 pounds of paper each year.

Rosslanders consume close to a half a million pounds of paper per year: 240 tons of paper and newsprint. If that sounds bad, then hold onto your cardboard coffee cup. It gets worse.

Here’s a list of the resources that go into our 240 ton millstone:

• 480 cords of wood
• 26 million gallons of water
• 2 500 lbs of sulphur
• 84 000 lbs of lime
• 69 000 lbs of clay
• 280 tons of coal
• 26 000 kilowat hours of electricity
• a quarter ton of dye and pigment.

And most of this paper, the newsprint portion especially, makes the short, lonely trip from mailbox to recycling bin without even being read.

There’s simply no reason, no imaginable justification for wasting our resources this way.

The Rossland Telegraph is a step in the right direction.

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