Developing sustainable paper manufacturing processes Encouraging green paper production Supporting ecologically integrated paper Developing natural fibre paper manufacture Promoting tree-free paper
Papers can be made from a wide variety of fibers other than the four billion trees presently cut each year to supply world paper demand. By carefully choosing paper materials and manufacturing processes, consumers can significantly influence the fate of the world's disappearing native forests.
Tree-free fibers include crops such kenaf, a relative of the hibiscus plant, industrial hemps that are grown for fiber, as well as the waste byproducts of agricultural production such as cereal straw, corn stalks, sugar cane pulp and cotton. In addition, there are 100 percent postconsumer papers, chlorine-free pulping methods, as well as an emerging trend toward sustainably harvested virgin wood fibers according to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) guidelines.
The SimpleLife Guide to Tree-Free, Recycled and Certified Papers is full of easy-to-read information and features a reference to dozens of paper suppliers and products. The California-based publisher distributed 8,000 copies free-of-charge to a selected list of graphic designers around the United States since the average graphic designer specifies hundreds of thousands of dollars in printing and paper each year on behalf of their clients. The publisher wanted to make it easy and appealing to them to at least consider tree-free and other environmentally-oriented paper choices each time they have a job to print.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.