Saturday, November 20, 2004

Paper Towels, Napkins, Toilet Paper Destroying North America's Forests
"...clearcut logging claims half a million acres of Ontario and Alberta's boreal forest...which stretches across the country's entire northern range, to form one of the world's largest terrestrial storehouses of carbon dioxide and plays a critical role in preventing global warming."

So...think twice before blowing your nose? Pressure these major corporations to use more post-consumer waste over virgin forest? I don't really know. But in any case, it seems like the most pathetic way possible for vast stands of ancient forest to be decimated (and/or life as we know it, if you factor in radical climate change).

Actually, most paper pulp is produced from fast growing trees that are grown for just that purpose. This is kind of like saying that the world's wheat stocks are threatened by the world's appetitite for bread.

Blow your nose away.

John Rogers
That is the case, but the article link I posted is about how companies are now moving beyond these tree plantations and using virgin, ecologically rich forests as a source for wood pulp, rather than the artificial tree farms.
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