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About Phil

Phil has over 25 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 four 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 manages over 200 acres of forestland for both recreational and economic benefits.

 

Let's Get the Story Straight on the State of North American Forests and Deforestation

Despite what many people think, harvesting trees for wood and paper production in a sustainable manner does not cause deforestation. The area occupied by forests in Canada has remained stable over the last two decades while in the United States it increased by 3 percent over the last 60 years.  Read More >>

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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.  Read More >>

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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.  Read More >>

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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.  Read More >>

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How Our Smartphones, Tablets and Laptops are Linked to Corruption and Civil Unrest

We all need to challenge ourselves to learn more about the products we use every day. This means purchasing products from companies that lead the way in sustainability and are making efforts to improve their performance and supply chain, whether it is print, paper or electronic devices.  Read More >>

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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.  Read More >>

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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?”  Read More >>

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