I’ve finished with my newsletter
First of all, thank you for reading it!
You may like to pass it on to someone else that might like to read the articles or who may benefit from knowing about local businesses.
- It might be worth keeping it somewhere safe ready for if you ever do need to use a local business!
- If you can find no further use for the newsletter you may like to let your kids turn it into paper aeroplanes and see who has the best design.
- Use a paper shredder and used as pet bedding (assuming the ink used isn’t going to pose a problem – don’t forget to remove the staple!)
- If you have kids or perhaps even if you don’t! Why not use the left over newsletter to make something out of ‘paper mache’?
- Finally if you’ve reached the decision to say goodbye to the newsletter it is 100% recyclable!
Sustainable ‘Eco-Friendly’ resources
All of the paper used to make the newsletters comes from sustainable sources and carries the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) which means that is has been sourced in an environmentally-friendly, socially responsible and economically viable manner.
I’ve heard newsletters aren’t environmentally friendly:
This isn’t entirely true. Like absolutely everything in life it will have a carbon footprint. The newsletter is printed on a renewable resource and is 100% recyclable so therefore they’re more environmentally friendly than the use of computers to read articles and view adverts as the newsletter is made of a 100% recyclable product and it is one of the world’s most recycled products.
There is an element of irony when people use their computing devices to complain about the environmental impact of paper newsletters which is lost on some.
- Computing devices consume electricity and have an ongoing carbon footprint, our newsletters don’t.
- Computing devices have larger amounts of metal in them that has been dug up from the earth destroying the landscape and is encapsulated in non-recyclable plastic. Our newsletter is have 2 little staples and is 100% recyclable and contains recycled products.
- The carbon foot print of producing a computing device is significantly greater than a paper newsletter.
- Computing devices are often produced in factories abroad that have poor working conditions and poor human rights. Our newsletter is produced here in Wilstock, and printed in Taunton using paper that is FSC certified sustainable.
- You can pin our newsletter on a board and come back to it time and time again without increasing the carbon footprint, using a computing device to do this would increase the energy carbon footprint.
- You can turn our newsletter into something different or share it before you recycle it.
For more information, you may wish to compare Facts & Myths over at Two Sides
A great comparison between the use of paper and computing devices can be found here
A very (very, very) rough working of the CO2 emissions for each individual newsletter based on lithographic printing. based on a number of assumptions including approx. 70% Co2 from paper production.
- 16 page: 30.03g – 45.45g
- 20 page: 37.5g – 56.81g
- 24 page: 45.0g – 68.18g
- 28 page: 52.5g – 79.54
- 32 page: 60.06g – 90.90g
- 36 page: 67.5g – 102.26
- 40 page: 75.0g – 113.62g
- 44 page: 82.5g – 124.99g
- 48 page: 90.0g – 136.35g
- 52 page: 97.5g – 147.72g
- 56 page: 105g – 159.08g
Perspective is very important and so comparative data is useful…
- 6 pack of Walkers crisps creates about 450g of CO2
Source: Food carbon
- On average: 1g of beef causes 221g of CO2
- On average: 1g of hard cheese causes 8.5g of CO2
What is Wilstock & Stockmoor News Ltd doing to offset the CO2 from all the newsletters?
We don’t expect our readers to change their lifestyle for our newsletter, which is why we purchased 1 tonne of CO2 offset on 1st September 2020 so we got off to a good start.
We review our predicted carbon footprint every month so that we can aim to be a carbon negative company.
We use ecologi.com to ensure we are (on average) a carbon negative company.
(Values above on CO2 emissions are estimated based on industry averages. See sources for more information.)