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The Green Life: How to Save Paper: Opt for Hemp

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May 18, 2010

How to Save Paper: Opt for Hemp

Hemp leaf This week’s tips are about how to cut down on paper use – there are many reasons to, perhaps the foremost of which is that much of climate change is caused by deforestation. Also, paper production consumes energy, and thrown-away sheets clog landfills. Here’s what you can do.

Tip #2: Choose Tree-Free Materials

It’s Hemp History Week, and while hemp has a controversial history in the U.S., buying paper made of hemp instead of trees isn’t illegal. And it’s certainly a lot more environmental, considering that as a crop, hemp needs no pesticides, grows back quickly, and preserves the soil it’s in better than most commercially grown plants do. Plus, no trees need to be killed for a hemp-paper product such as this one or this one.

Tell us: What do you use instead of paper made of trees?

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