Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Wasteful Mr. Whipple

Green America's newsletter caught my eye today with the following stats:
"When you choose paper made from recycled material, you're choosing a product that helps save the planet. One-hundred-percent recycled paper uses 44 percent less energy to produce than virgin paper, produces 38 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, 41 percent fewer particulate emissions, 50 percent less waste water, 49 percent less solid waste and, of course, 100 percent less wood."
This quote was in the context of an article about Mr. Ellie Pooh's paper, which is made from 75% elephant dung and 25% post-consumer paper. Really. I'm not sure I have a need for more stationery at the moment, but I've tucked that away for future reference.

Here's something to think about though: What would be the impact of giving up your fluffy, ultra-white toilet paper? I found that someone in Australia already did the math for me.

We use Seventh Generation toilet paper and it's quite satisfactory. It's not bleached, made from recycled content, soft enough and not too expensive. No, it's not perfumed, it's not white and it's not softer than a baby bear's bottom. But it does the job without being uncomfortable. While you're at it, try their recycled unbleached paper towels and Marcal's paper napkins made from 100% PCW. Both can be composted, too!

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