Earlier this week we talked about all the ways Xerox helps Mother Earth in the post – Earth Day 2014 – Xerox Working to Preserve the Planet. Today April 25, is Arbor day.  Arbor  is the Latin word for tree.  Arbor day was first proposed  in Nebraska on January 4, 1872 by the secretary of Nebraska  J. Sterling Morton.  Morton was a journalist, a pioneer that moved from Detroit to the Nebraska territory. Morton had a love of nature and understood the importance of trees as windbreaks to keep soil in place, for fuel, building material and shade from the sun. In Nebraska he and his wife planted trees and gardens at their new home.  Eventually Morton became the secretary of Nebraska and proposed a tree planting holiday to be called Arbor Day. Nebraska, mind you, was a more or less tree-less state at the time.  The first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska on April 10, 1872 and over one million trees were planted.  The idea of observing such a holiday spread to other states later in the 1870s. States today most commonly observe the National Arbor Day holiday on the last Friday in April. The observance of National Arbor Day has even spread to countries outside of the U.S.

So why the history of Arbor Day?  Because trees are important and here at Xerox we understand that because of course our products use paper which is made from trees. Xerox has come up with some great ways to preserve trees and reduce the use of paper thereby reducing the amount of trees used.   Let’s look at a type of paper created by Xerox. The Xerox High Yield Business Paper which uses half as many trees, is manufactured with less water and chemicals, and is produced in a mill that uses hydroelectricity to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent. Plus, because this paper is lighter weight than paper made by the traditional chemical process, it costs less to ship and mail. It is the first and only paper of its kind that performs reliably in digital printers and copiers.

The High Yield paper is made by a mechanical pulping method – the process that makes newsprint and the offset-printing paper that’s used for some directories, catalogs and flyers. Wood chips are fed into large machines that grind the fibers loose to make the pulp. Because wood chemicals are not removed from the paper-making fiber, the process produces twice as much paper per tree – a yield of more than 90 percent.

treesAnother way to conserve and preserve trees is by using the Earth Smart features found in the print drivers for many of our products and is also included in the Global Driver. Take a look at the Responsible Printing Tips document for information about the Earth Smart Features. You can also find more information by searching for Earth Smart in the online support pages for your machine.

Another option to save paper and therefore trees is to use the GreenPrint™ software to help you eliminate any unwanted pages before they are ever printed.  GreenPrint is a free software program that works with all our solid ink machines.  So if you have one of our ColorQubes or any of our other solid ink machines please check out the Print Greener website for more information or for your copy of the software. 

I will leave you with a few interesting facts on this Arbor Day:

  • Recycled paper uses 64 percent less energy than making paper from virgin wood pulp and can save many trees. Every ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees.
  • Approximately 1-billion-trees worth of paper is thrown away every year in the U.S.
  • Half a million trees must be cut down to produce each week’s Sunday newspapers.

Please enjoy your Arbor day and do your part to save a tree or plant a new one.  The earth and your future generations will thank you.