I'm Paper. Remember me?
I was there when you were born, capturing your height and weight, and even your little footprints. I shined with color, glitter, and paste (lots of paste) when you learned to express your creativity — and I beamed with pride when you first wrote your name, with all the letters facing the right way. I was there the day you earned your first A in math class (posted on the fridge for all to see). And on the day of your graduation, we crossed the stage together. We work together well, too. From your first paycheck to your finest presentation, I've always been your partner.
We've been through a lot together, and it's been fun. But lately, it seems like paper has been getting a bad rap. I've been accused of all kinds of things — from killing trees, to causing clutter, to flat-out losing my edge. And as paper, that's just not right. So I wanted to clear things up. Start on a fresh page, if you will. It's time to reintroduce people to paper, and remind you why we make such a great match.
For starters, I'm all for environmental responsibility. (After all, my parents were trees.) Did you know that when paper comes from a responsibly managed forest, it actually has a positive impact on the nation's forestland? (Click here to read more about Domtar's environmental commitment.) Paper comes from nature, and is made from one of the few truly renewable resources — unlike the fossil fuels that power most electronic devices.
Plus, paper creates jobs in communities where people need them most. More than 3.5 million Americans have jobs that directly or indirectly depend on advertising mail — and many more work in companies that process and manufacture paper. It's also a critical component of the mail system, accounting for nearly 50% of U.S. mail. So not only does paper make it possible to quickly send a letter to someone you love — it also ensures you still have access to six-day-a-week service, and low postage prices.
Paper has always been part of your everyday life. Just think of how many times you used me today. At home, you'll find paper products in cereal boxes, paper towels, tissues, toilet paper, diapers, magazines, newspapers and books. At schools and universities, it's used in notebook paper, textbooks, certificates and diplomas. And at work, you use it in office papers, brochures, notepads, presentations, and more. Paper is here to make your life easier. And as long as you use me responsibly, I'll continue to impact your life in many positive ways.
So, don't worry. I'm not going anywhere. We've had some great times together — and this is only the beginning.