An update from Jason, a senior majoring in music composition, with a minor in history:

Recall the two points for attending this conference – one collective and the other personal:

1) to improve campus sustainability around the country

2) to find ways as a composer to make an environmental impact

And I just found a big way to help, which could elevate SMU’s green status and my own!

treefrog.jpgAt Monday’s expo, I came across the company TreeZero LLC, which created TreeFrog, a paper completely produced without trees (or any wood or wood fibers). It is entirely made of recycled sugar cane (yes, like you see in rural ditches around Texas) and other recycled materials.

Sugar cane can be harvested multiple times per year, unlike trees, which take a lifetime. Plus, TreeFrog is not made from sugar cane grown on farms but rather is grown naturally.

So how does the paper feel and function?

Extraordinary. Smooth. Weighty. And it is paper-jam free and recyclable!

Staples will carry TreeZero’s entire line of products, which are comparably priced to other paper products. SMU, WE NEED THIS – it is basically zero-impact to the environment and can be recycled with other types of products. This product can increase our commitment to sustainability.

As a composer, all of my manuscripts are now exclusively printed on TreeFrog.