Every time someone suggests not using a paper product so we can “save a tree” it makes me cringe. There are more trees in North America today than when there were when only Native Americans were here. Paper companies plant millions of trees, cultivate them and then harvest them, mainly to make into paper products. Then they plant them again. Farmers plant acres of trees as a cash investment for the future on land not needed for farming. Trees also mean jobs for a lot of people who work in the paper mills producing paper products.
And don’t get me started on Christmas Trees. How many farm families depend on the sale of their Christmas Trees to put them in the black for the year. Again, these trees are planted, cultivated, harvested and replanted on land that might otherwise lie fallow with weeds.
Trees are a renewable resource. Much more so than the plastic from petroleum by-products. Paper dissolves within a year when exposed to the elements; Plastic takes centuries to break down. Don’t save a tree, save a job, our planet, our economy.