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[GreenYes] FW: question

Can someone help Professor Womersley with his question about
recycling paper?

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Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2002 11:59 AM
Subject: question

Given that the pulp and paper industry claims a high recovered paper rate
(48%, American Forest and Paper Association, 2001), and given thay also
that recovered paper makes a better, lower-cost input for corrugated
cardboard and other similar products than copy paper, IF these claims are
true, why does it make ecological sense to buy recycled copy paper, at least
until recovered paper volume exceeds the need for cardboard? Doesn't it make
better sense to run the recovered input to cardboard mills and use new fiber
for copy paper, for the same net impact on forests and what industry claims
is less energy consumption.


Mick Womersley
Assistant Professor of Human Ecology
Division of Liberal Studies
Unity College
Unity, Maine 04988
207 948 3131 ext 282

Patricia Franklin
Executive Director
Container Recycling Institute
1911 N. Fort Myer Drive, Ste. 702
Arlington, VA 22209

TEL:   703.276.9800
FAX:   703.276.9587

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