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[GreenYes] recycled paper in trouble?


Is this accurate? Not sure the source.

Helen.

>Is Recycled Paper in Trouble?
>March 2007
><http://ucsaction.org/ct/Zd_WfkS1ezRX/>Read this issue of Greentips online
>
>The growing presence of recycled paper has led many people to believe that
>all paper is now made from recycled materials. This unfortunate
>misconception has actually decreased demand for recycled paper, causing
>manufacturers to produce less. As a result, more than 90 percent of
>printing and writing paper still comes from virgin tree fiber.
>
>The benefits of producing paper from recycled fibers are many: fewer trees
>cut down, less water and energy consumed, less pollution generated. And
>now that studies have shown today?s recycled paper products are comparable
>to conventional products in quality, performance, and cost, the case for
>buying recycled is stronger than ever. To help expand this market while
>meeting your needs and budget, ask these questions when shopping for paper
>products:
>
>What is the percentage of recycled content?
>
>Recycled paper contains varying percentages of post-consumer waste (paper
>that has been used and recycled by the consumer); the remaining recycled
>content derives from miscellaneous paper mill scraps. While any recycled
>paper is generally better than non-recycled, paper with a higher
>percentage of post-consumer content is the best choice. If a percentage is
>not listed, contact the manufacturer.
>
>Where did the paper originate?
>
>If you cannot buy a paper product that is 100 percent recycled, look for
>the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification label. This paper comes
>from forests managed in an environmentally responsible manner.
>
>What about ?tree-free? alternatives?
>
>Paper doesn?t have to come from wood pulp; fibers from hemp, kenaf, flax,
>cotton, banana stalks, and other plant-based materials can be used to
>produce paper with fewer chemicals and less energy. Tree-free paper is
>generally more expensive than its conventional counterpart, but is
>available from a variety of companies. As with conventional paper, look
>for a product with high post-consumer recycled content.
>
>How was the paper processed?
>
>Papers (even tree-free ones) are often bleached with chlorine or chlorine
>derivatives that form dioxin­a known carcinogen­and other compounds that
>pollute local air and water supplies. Look for products labeled either
>processed chlorine free (PCF) or totally chlorine free (TCF).
>
>Related Links
>
><http://ucsaction.org/ct/K7_WfkS1ezRd/>Conservatree­List of Recycled and
>Tree-Free Papers
>
><http://ucsaction.org/ct/Kp_WfkS1ezRc/>Recycled Paper Coalition­Recycled
>Paper Fact Sheet (pdf)
>
><http://ucsaction.org/ct/Z1_WfkS1ezRB/>Forest Stewardship
>Council­FSC-Certified Paper
>
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