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.

Paper and the Circular Economy

Large companies are turning to paper as an alternative to plastic packaging and more packaging suppliers are investing in research to make paper as practical as plastic. Here are some reasons why paper fits into the circular economy model.

Survey Confirms Consumers Prefer Print

FedEx Office recently released the results of a survey of consumers and small business owners showing that they prefer to use printed materials over digital. Ninety percent preferred reading materials on paper versus on a screen.

Comcast’s 'EcoBill' Is All About Saving Money, Not Trees!

Leading Fortune 500 companies have been collaborating with Two Sides for the past five years, and more than 105 North American corporations have now removed misleading claims related to print and paper. Comcast continues to ignore consumer preferences and use unsubstantiated "green" marketing slogans about print and paper.

Many Americans Worry About Digital Overload

It should come as no surprise to most of us that the massive consumption of digital media begets a host of health issues. What is surprising, though, is that digital natives actually feel guilty about it. When surveyed, 65% of 18-24-year-olds felt they spent too much time on devices; that rose to 81% in the 25 to 34-year-old age group.

Our Carbon Footprint: How Do Paper Products Fit In?

Understanding your carbon footprint can show opportunities for decreasing your consumption of energy and materials, and in turn, reducing your production of carbon emissions. But, where might paper and print consumption fit in?

Reading Preferences of U.S. Consumers

The recent Toluna consumer survey, “Print and Paper in a Digital World,” commissioned by Two Sides, reveals interesting trends.

Two Sides Survey: Paper and Print Is Highly Valued By the Majority of People

Two Sides has published the key results of a global survey on the attractiveness and sustainability of paper and print. The following article concludes that there is a clear preference for print on paper across all countries and regions analyzed, likely indicating a more fundamental and human way that people react to the physicality of print on paper.