Help local nonprofit save trees

by Tyson Miller

id you know that for every 40 cases of 30% post-consumer* recycled copy paper purchased, the equivalent of 8 full grown trees are saved? Just by the simple act of buying recycled copy paper instead of non-recycled paper, you save trees. That's why Solana Recyclers started the Recycled Products Purchasing Cooperative (RPPC) to create a market mechanism which will make the cost of recycled paper less expensive so more businesses will use it. They have made the ordering process easy and there's no fee to buy through the Co-op businesses just get a customer card that guarantees their discounted price.

Despite their success in getting recycled copy paper to often be much cheaper than non-recycled paper, the Co-op still needs help getting the word out. That's where you can make a difference! If you, a friend, or family member work for a business of any size, please spread the news about the opportunity to save trees and money by purchasing recycled copy paper through Solana Recyclers' Purchasing Cooperative. Make this effort part of your personal Earth Day efforts -- just tell a friend.

"We're finding ways for businesses to conserve natural resources through simple purchasing practices," says Jacy Davis, Solana Recyclers' executive director.

Local members include: The Del Mar Fairgrounds, Sea World, UCSD, Grice, Lund, & Tarkington, Union Bank, Solana Beach Presbyterian, Aloha Printing, City of Encinitas, the Sierra Club, and many more. Over 100 members have purchased nearly 10,000 cases (200 tons) of paper to date, saving the equivalent of 2,100 trees.

Visit their website, or give them a call at (760) 436-7986, to find out more .

* Post-consumer recycled paper: paper which has been used and recycled by residents and businesse