GIA Catholic Hymnals

On average, printing 500 hymnals from GIA will consume approximately six trees. Over the course of 10 years, a disposable subscription service of the same size can consume up to 45 trees–that's nearly eight times the number of trees used to make a permanent hymnal.

One shipment of hymnals versus multiple shipments of disposable worship aids per year over the course of an unlimited number of years can mean the difference between hundreds of pounds of CO 2 being emitted into the atmosphere or thousands of pounds. The Transportation Industry is responsible for 29% of the total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

–World Resources Institute

That's not to mention the amount of waste disposable worship aids and their packaging materials contribute to landfill. Despite recycling efforts, paper makes up approximately 38.1% of landfill waste. While paper may be biodegradable, because of the lack of oxygen underground it takes longer to break down in a landfill, and coated papers (like the covers of those disposable worship aids) can take even longer.

Also, paper is produced from living trees. When organic matter rots, it produces methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas. The EPA maintains that methane is 20 times worse than carbon dioxide and is a significant contribution to global warming. The glue in the spine and the laminate on the cover can make recycling disposable worship aids difficult.

Cutting our paper consumption by just 10% would prevent the emission of 1.6 million tons of greenhouse gases–the equivalent of taking 280,000 cars off the road.

–The State of the Paper Industry by the
Environmental Paper Network

Number of trees consumed by a 10-year subscription of
500 disposable worship aids.


Number of carbon-emitting shipments to deliver disposable worship aids,
multiple times over the course of 10 years.

When it comes to our environment,
there is no other choice.


(Calculation of CO2 emissions is based on formulas taken from Calculation of tree consumption is based on formulas taken from Numbers of trees consumed are rounded to the nearest whole number. The estimate of paper constituting 38.1% of landfill waste comes from the Environmental Protection Agency. The percentage of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions comes from the World Resources Institute website,