Canon Solutions has paired up with Two Sides US, a non-profit initiative formed by companies from the Graphic Communication value chain. Canon announced that Eric Hawkinson, director of marketing and production print solutions of Canon Solutions America, has been appointed as a board member of Two Sides US.

As a member of the Two Sides Board, Hawkinson is committed to supporting the print community by promoting the responsible production and use of print and paper. I’m pleased to be a Board Member of Two Sides, said Hawkinson. It’s through true collaboration that we are able to bring about social consciousness and continue to grow our community.

Consumers are concerned with their carbon footprint. As such, they may choose electronic options, such as email, ebooks, etc., over printing. What they may not realise is that there are real benefits to printing. Phil Riebel, Two Sides US President and COO said, The fact is, print and paper products made in the U.S. have a great environmental story to tell. We’re happy to have such a prominent company on our Board to help build awareness of that story; educate others on the social value of paper; and create visibility to help promote sustainability.

Hawkinson’s experience in the printing industry lends itself well to the Two Sides’ Board. Eric’s passion for the industry, coupled with his ability to develop and implement strategies, is a tremendous asset to our Board, said Riebel. Canon Solutions America is a commercial member of Two Sides that supports its mission to help people gain a better understanding of why print and paper is a versatile and sustainable communications medium.

Canon Solutions America is committed to building a community that strengthens the future of the printing industry. It is partnerships like the one with Two Sides that helps raise consciousness in our community, said aid Francis A. McMahon, Vice President, Marketing, Production Print Solutions division of Canon Solutions America. 

Two Sides continues to promote the responsible production and use of print and paper with the support of its members and board, and dispel common environmental misconceptions by providing users with verifiable information on why print on paper is an attractive, practical and sustainable communications medium.

Paper comes from a renewable resource – trees grown in responsibly managed forests – and it’s recycled more than any other commodity, including plastics, metals and glass, said Riebel. The continuing demand for sustainably sourced paper gives U.S. landowners and families a financial incentive to continue managing their lands responsibly and keep them forested rather than selling them for development or other non-forest uses. Thanks in great part to the sustainable forestry practices advanced by the paper and forest products industry, the volume of growing trees in U.S. forests has increased nearly 50 percent over the last half century.