Grand Rapids, Mich. – As part of its commitment to sustainability, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, the fifth largest free-standing rehabilitation hospital in the United States, has subscribed to the PrintReleaf Exchange (PRX).
PRX is the first technology platform to enable cloud-based tracking and reforestation of printed paper. This strategic partnership allows Mary Free Bed an innovative and authentic way to promote sustainable business practices and reduce the environmental impacts that can result from the use of forest products. Grand Rapids-based managed print service provider Lasers Resource made the partnership possible.
With PRX, Mary Free Bed will “releaf,” or reforest, its paper consumption by planting new trees – equivalent to their paper usage – through a global network of PrintReleaf certified reforestation projects. Since partnering with PrintReleaf in May, Mary Free Bed has measured more than 550,000 pages and earned enough credits to releaf 66 trees in countries like Brazil, Dominican Republic, Madagascar and Mexico.
Through PrintReleaf’s integration with Global Forest Watch, a platform hosted by the World Resources Institute, Mary Free Bed can interface with heat map technology that represents forest loss and gain across the globe, showing which areas of the planet most need trees.
PrintReleaf reforests at a generally accepted rate of 8,333 sheets of paper per standard tree (this equation is detailed in PrintReleaf’s global standard for sustainability). After selecting where Mary Free Bed wants its paper releafed, Mary Free Bed can use its online portal to track the evolution, growth, and survival of its trees over an approximate eight-year time frame for each tree.
“This partnership ties in perfectly with other sustainability initiatives Mary Free Bed has implemented to reduce our carbon footprint and the environmental impact we have on the world,” said Doug Carney, Director of Facilities Management at Mary Free Bed. “For every tree we consume, one is planted, 100% reforestation is achieved. This helps us all breathe a little easier.”
About Mary Free Bed
Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, nationally accredited, rehabilitation hospital. For 125 years, Mary Free Bed has restored hope and freedom through rehabilitation for children and adults who have experienced brain injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, multiple traumas, amputations, cancer and other diagnoses. The combination of comprehensive services and an exclusive focus on rehabilitation enables specialty physicians and staff to help patients achieve outstanding clinical results. For additional information, visit maryfreebed.com.
Creating a global standard for sustainable forest product consumption, PrintReleaf guarantees to certifiably releaf all forest products consumed by its customers. Founded in 2011, the PrintReleaf Exchange (PRX) is the first technology platform that measures a customer’s forest consumption and connects them directly to reforestation projects. The patented technology not only measures consumption, but tracks its reforestation partners to ensure fulfillment. For more information, please visit www.printreleaf.com.
About Lasers Resource
Lasers Resource was founded in 1991 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Throughout the years we have grown to become a leading office printing solutions provider, putting our energy towards helping our customers find opportunity in managing their print infrastructure and cost. We take a different approach, acting as an extension of your company’s help desk by removing printers and copiers from your IT team, giving you more time for moving your business forward. Partnering with the best in both hardware and software solutions, we provide you with the right tools for your network. We get IT, working with you to implement workflow automation, streamline business functions, and provide security for your company’s information.