Encourage International Paper to Fix Our Paper Packaging Problem

Packaging symbolizes the disposable society we have become. More than half of all paper produced in the United States is used in paper packaging.

As a result, in the U.S. we generate 300 pounds of packaging waste per person each year and 32% of the entire domestic waste stream consists of containers and packaging. Because the Southern U.S. is the largest paper producing region in the world, and more than half of all paper production goes to paper packaging, our society's decisions about packaging directly impact Southern forests.

The paper packaging industry needs reform. We must reduce the amount of paper in packaging; increase post consumer fiber used for packaging; and ensure that paper products are not coming from endangered forests.

Ask International Paper, the largest paper company to lead their industry in reforming!

I am writing to ask for you to help in protecting native forests in the South and reducing the amount of paper packaging used in the United States. Southern forests are some of the most biologically diverse in North America and around the world. Unfortunately, the Southern U.S. is also the largest paper-producing region in the world with millions of acres being logged every year mostly for paper production and much of this paper is ending up in our landfills. In the United States we generate over 300 pounds of packaging waste person each year, and 32% of the entire domestic waste stream consists of containers and packaging.

International Paper, as the industry leader plays a key role in the fate of the South's native forests and can lead the reform away from wasteful paper packaging. And as one of the leading paper packaging producers I am asking that your company reduce the amount of paper packaging being used, increase the amount of post consumer fiber in your packaging, and ensure your paper does not come from endangered forests.

Please, lead the reform of the paper packaging industry to save our forests.

Sincerely,

[Your name]
[Your address]
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