No trees were harmed to make our office paper!
At MyDomino, we’re proud to be using paper made from sugarcane stalks — specifically, from fibrous waste that remains after the stalks are processed. It’s officially known as bagasse. And we think it’s pretty badass.
Why is it important to use fewer trees for paper?
Our TreeFrog Paper is 100% tree free! That’s impressive, because it normally takes about 24 trees to produce just one pallet of virgin office paper.
The federal government alone uses over 20 billion sheets of paper a year. A pallet usually has 200,000 sheets of paper in it, so that comes to 100,000 pallets — or 2,400,000 trees just for the federal government’s paper, for just a year. Even if they’re using 30% recycled paper, that’s still 1,700,000 trees. In fact, the U.S. uses about 68 million trees a year to produce paper and paper products.
That’s a lot of trees.
Now, we all know that trees are good to have around. We’ve even gotten into the many benefits of having trees where you live. For the planet as a whole, trees are especially crucial. They’re the lungs of our planet and amazing carbon sinks. So they can play a huge role in keeping our world healthy and safe for future generations.
Agro fibers like bagasse help expand our global pulp supply, so we don’t have to rely exclusively on trees for our paper.
Is it okay to use sugarcane waste for paper?
But what about sugarcane waste fiber? Is using bagasse for paper any better for the planet?
It turns out that it is. Traditionally, sugarcane waste fiber has been burned or landfilled. Clearly, using it to make paper is far preferable.
If that isn’t enough for you, consider this: bagasse is a Rapidly Renewable Fiber (RRF), meaning it can be harvested in a short cycle. To be considered RRF, a plant material must have a short harvest cycle of 10 years or less. Sugarcane beats this by a long shot, with harvests as close together as 2 or 3 times a year.
But is it good paper?
We’ve all experienced low-quality paper. It smears, it doesn’t print well, and it’s not strong. TreeFrog is none of the above. Their site notes that the paper is “20 lb, 92 brightness and white.” I don’t know about you, but that means nothing to me. What does mean something is that the paper looks great, feels awesome, and prints perfectly. No quality sacrifices involved!
What’s more, the paper is elemental chlorine free and acid free. That means it’s better for the environment — and your documents won’t yellow over time.
An easy way to make a difference
No, the company that makes TreeFrog paper is not paying us to write this. We just love our new paper and wanted to tell you about it! We’re also excited to be buying our paper, and other office supplies, through Give Something Back. This company donates a large chunk of its profits to nonprofits focused on art and culture, environment, animal welfare, and human services. We get great paper, we help the environment, and we also help deserving nonprofits. It’s a win-win-win!
You don’t have to be in business to buy TreeFrog paper. Anyone can buy it online, and it’s also sold by the ream at FedEx store locations across the U.S. You might also be able to convince your company to try it.
Using treeless paper is just one way you can easily do your part to help the environment.
For more ways to help the planet — and your pocketbook — contact a MyDomino energy savings concierge. Your concierge will help you determine which clean-energy actions make sense for your family and lifestyle.