Phil Riebel

Phil Riebel

Phil has over 28 years of international experience related to sustainability and the forest products industry. He currently leads Two Sides North America, a non-profit that promotes the unique sustainable features of print and paper, as well as their responsible production and use. Two Sides operates globally in five continents with members that span the entire graphic communication value chain. Phil has written extensively on sustainability and environmental topics related to the forest products sector. He received his Bachelor and Master’s of Science degrees from McGill University in Montreal. He is a private forest owner and sustainably manages over 200 acres of forestland for both recreational and economic benefits.

Recently: A Popular New iPhone Photo App Exemplifies the Social Value of Print and Paper

In case you are not up to speed on the latest iPhone apps — here is one that really piqued my interest! It’s called "Recently" and it automatically creates a high-quality printed magazine with the most recent photos taken with an iPhone ... and mails it to you! In today's blog, I feature an interview with Scott Valins, young entrepreneur and founder of "Recently."

Many Americans Agree That 'Go Paperless - Save Trees' is Misleading and Ineffective

Results from a recent U.S. consumer survey suggest that the majority of Americans agree that print and paper can be a sustainable way to communicate when produced and used responsibly. In fact, it seems many people distrust and are not swayed by corporate green claims used to promote online services over paper. Here are my five favorite results from the June 2016 Toluna survey.

Paper Is Good for Learning and Is Sustainable

Last week, USA Today published a column entitled "Paper may be bad for trees, but it is good for people," by Tal Gross, an assistant professor at Columbia University. Here at Two Sides we could not agree more with the findings and statements related to the benefits of paper for education and learning.

Two Sides Thanks Fortune 500 Firms for Not 'Greenwashing'

As many of you know, Two Sides has been working with several Fortune 500 companies in North America to encourage best practices for environmental marketing related to paper. Our ongoing campaign has been successful, with 33 companies out of 60 removing their claims—a 60 percent success rate to date. But our target is 80 percent and we continue to add new companies to our list regularly.

What Is All This Screen Time Doing to Our Health?

From working at a computer to socializing, playing games, paying bills, taking notes in class, doing homework, reading books, watching TV and texting, we are all spending an increasing amount of our lives looking at screens. But at what cost to our health?

How Much Do You Want to Pay Big Corporations to Send You Paper Bills?

Most consumers want a paper option for their bills and statements. Like earlier studies carried out in the United States and the United Kingdom, a recent nationwide survey conducted for Two Sides US by the research firm Toluna showed that 64 percent of consumers say they would not choose a company that did not offer a paper bill option and 88 percent want to be able to switch between electronic and paper bills without difficulty or cost.

Trees and Paper – Part 2: An Overview of Environmental Considerations

It helps to know the many guidelines, regulations and standards that govern sustainable forest management in North America. These are important to keep in mind given that we all benefit tremendously from forest products, whether it is paper, lumber or the multitude of other products that are derived from wood.

Trees and Paper – Part 1: The Economic Perspective

As a forest owner I’ve accumulated a number of books on trees, but the one that I reach for the most is Glen Blouin's "An Eclectic Guide to Trees East of the Rockies." It’s a very thorough book on Eastern tree species and discusses the cultural and economic value of trees throughout documented history. In my next few blogs I would like to share with you a few sections of Glen’s book because they may help put the topic of “trees and paper” in perspective.

Can Paper Bills be More Cost-effective than E-bills?

Every now and then I come across a study that flies in the face of conventional beliefs. This one in particular interested me because of our ongoing campaign to remove “anti-paper” green claims used to promote “lower cost” electronic billing. Let’s take a look.

Is Technology Keeping Us from Learning?

Many school administrators want to be the first to adopt new technology because they feel their schools are being judged as inadequate if they don’t keep up with changing resources. But we have to ask the question, “Are they considering all of the options that can help students succeed?”