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[GreenYes] Fwd: [tfoe] Recycled paper in trouble? (fwd)

Has anyone here heard this viewpoint? What do you think?
Jonathan Betz-Zall
--- Frederick W Stoss <fstoss@no.address> wrote:

> Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2007 11:18:07 -0400 (EDT)
> From: Frederick W Stoss <fstoss@no.address>
> To: TFOE <TFOE@no.address>
> Subject: [tfoe] Recycled paper in trouble? (fwd)
> Greetings TFOEers!
> Does anyone know about the validity of these claims?
> Fred
> Frederick W. Stoss, M.S. (zool/ecol), M.L.S.
> Associate Librarian
> (Biological and Environmental Sciences and Mathematics)
> University at Buffalo--SUNY
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2007 17:03:34 -0400
> From: Pamela M. Rose <pmrose@no.address>
> Reply-To: Building Conservation Contacts
> <UBBCC-L@no.address>
> To: UBBCC-L@no.address
> Subject: Recycled paper in trouble?
> ------------ Forwarded Message ------------
> Date: Monday, March 19, 2007 12:00 PM -0400
> From: paracelsus-request@no.address
> Is Recycled Paper in Trouble?
> March 2007
> <>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 dioxin-a known carcinogen-and 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
> <>Conservatree-List of Recycled
> and Tree-Free Papers
> <>Recycled Paper
> Coalition-Recycled Paper Fact Sheet (pdf)
> <>Forest Stewardship
> Council-FSC-Certified Paper
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Jonathan Betz-Zall
Seattle, Washington, USA
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