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March 28, 2012

Printing Emails Creates Jobs

You know those warm and fuzzy lines at the bottom of emails that say something like: Be Responsible - Printing Emails Wastes Paper and Ink

Don't feel bad about using paper to PRINT emails. Go ahead and click that printer button now!


Paper comes from trees. Trees are a crop, just like wheat, apples, lettuce and corn. More trees are planted each year than are cut down.

Cutting trees grown in the USA creates American jobs.

Think of all the jobs that are directly or indirectly related to creating the pieces of paper you'll use to print this:

chainsaws, oil, gas, diesel fuel, heavy equipment used in harvesting the trees, trucking, tires, insurance jobs, the lumber mills, power plant electricity to run the mills, the paper mills, ink manufacturers who make the ink to label the paper your paper is wrapped in, more trucking of the paper to the stores, the store clerks, the IT people if you buy the paper online, UPS if you have it shipped to your home, printer manufacturers, the ink for printers, etc. The list of jobs is endless.

In other words, don't let those tree huggers make you feel guilty for a second about printing this email out. When you're done with the paper, just recycle it. Then it gets turned into cardboard.

Wow, think about all the jobs related to that: the people who make the plastic recycle bins, the machines used in recycling, ..........

Posted by Tim Carter at March 28, 2012 3:33 PM


Wait ... you're advocating wasting resources just to make jobs? That just seems wrong.

REPLY TO COMMENT BY Tim Carter: Oh, not at all. I believe I said once you're finished with the paper used to print the email, you recycle that and it creates even more jobs.

I guess you could make the argument that most people should eat half of what they do because they're wasting resources. Paper is no different than guacamole - it's a byproduct of a growing and harvesting operation. The list is absolutely endless.

Posted by: Leo at March 28, 2012 8:29 PM
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