You know how these things get started: One person hears a rumor, then tells two people, who in turn tell two people, and so on. Print marketing is especially susceptible to the rumor mill.
A host of inaccurate myths surrounds the print industry, leaving many with the wrong impression—that print isn't eco-friendly or effective... and other misconceptions.
However, misinformation can lead to missed opportunities and a weaker marketing presence for your brand. Protect yourself from the harmful myths by learning the truth behind the power of print.
Myth 1. Not Eco-Friendly
The paper industry is often unfairly criticized for being harmful to the environment, and the idea of a paper-free workplace has been a frequent topic of conversation over the past few decades.
However, paper can be recycled, and it is also a renewable resource. Paper often comes from managed forests or farms, which replant about 4 million trees every day (four times more than they harvest). In 2010, 63.5% of all paper consumed in the US was recycled, and the numbers have been increasing.
Paper-based marketing also has a smaller carbon footprint than digital marketing, since carbon emissions are only produced once, during the creation of the product. Meanwhile, carbon emissions occur every time someone uses a digital device. Even the act of producing a CD creates more CO2 emissions than printing a 100-page report in full color.
If you are still concerned about the eco-friendliness of your marketing collateral, you can take steps to ensure a smaller impact on the environment:
- Always use stock made from recycled paper.
- Encourage recipients to reuse, recycle, or even compost your materials instead of throwing them away.
- Using organic inks (such as soy ink) is a great way to avoid adding harsh chemicals to your marketing materials.
- You can skip the ink altogether and use blind embossing or die cutting, which require no ink at all.