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 collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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.