4 billion trees are cut down every year for paper.
“The carbon stock of tropical forests can range up to 99 million kilograms of carbon per square mile.” That’s equivalent to the emissions from driving an average car from New York to San Francisco and back 76 times.
“One huge source of global warming emissions associated with palm oil is the draining and burning of the carbon-rich swamps known as peatlands. Peatlands can hold up to 18 to 28 times as much carbon as the forests above them; when they are drained and burned, both carbon and methane are released into the atmosphere—and unless the water table is restored, peatlands continue to decay and release global warming emissions for decades. The burning of peatlands releases a dangerous haze into the air, resulting in severe health impacts and significant economic losses. Each year, more than 100,000 deaths in Southeast Asia can be attributed to particulate matter exposure from landscape fires, many of which are peat fires. The species vulnerable to palm oil expansion are orangutans, tigers, rhinoceros, and elephants”
Union of Concerned Scientists
According to EPA, “Pulp and paper mills are among the worst polluters to air, water and land of any industry in the country.” This pollution comes from the process of bleaching tree paper with chlorine as well as the destruction of forests. SOL paper is treated with hydrogen peroxide and does not require bleaching, as it is naturally white.
Loss of forests contributes between 12 percent and 17 percent of annual global greenhouse gas emissions. (World Resources Institute)
According to Rainforest Action Network, the United States has less than 5% of the world’s population yet consumes more than 30% of the world’s paper.
If the current rate of deforestation continues, it will take less than 100 years to destroy all the rainforests on the earth.
Up to 28,000 species are expected to become extinct by the next quarter of the century due to deforestation.
4500 acres of forests are cleared every hour
Tropical forests, where deforestation is most prevalent, hold more than 210 gigatonnes of carbon. The removal of the remainder of these tropical rainforests is equivalent to 45 billion cars running 24/7 for one full year (EPA)
How can SOL make a real difference in slowing and one day stopping deforestation?
We will compete with the biggest paper companies in the world, making it known to the public and ecologically responsible companies like Starbucks what a difference they can make by using SOL paper instead of tree
We will connect with major food companies like Iceland Foods above and help them replace palm oil with the superior hemp oil, stopping deforestation in southeast Asia.
Most importantly, we will promote our SOL/Hemp competitors that operate in these two markets. SOL Farms cares more about making a difference in the world than maximizing our profits.
Together we can end the needless deaths of thousands of people and preserve the lives of the beautiful animals such as orangutans, tigers, rhinoceros, and elephants.
Help us start, grow SOL.