Canon Solutions America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., announced that Eric Hawkinson, Director of Marketing, Production Print Solutions division of Canon Solutions America, has been named to the Board of Two Sides US, a non-profit initiative by companies from the Graphic Communication Value Chain.
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.”
Bringing Visibility to the Environmentally Friendly
Today many 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 realize is that there are real benefits to printing.
“The fact is, print and paper products made in the U.S. have a great environmental story to tell,” said Phil Riebel, Two Sides US President and COO. “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.
Sustaining the Future of Printing
As a commercial member of Two Sides, Canon Solutions America 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,” said Francis A. McMahon, Vice President, Marketing, Production Print Solutions division of Canon Solutions America. “It is partnerships like the one with Two Sides that helps raise consciousness in our community.”
With the support of its members and Board, Two Sides continues to promote the responsible production and use of print and paper, 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.