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Buy recycled paper rather than tree-free.

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0 points - I throw away whole reams of bleached paper with no post-consumer recycled content. 15 points - I jot down notes or shopping lists on the back of old pieces of paper before I throw them away. 50 points - I reuse my old non-recycled paper, and I recycle it when I'm done.
80 points - I buy paper with some (less than 20%) post-consumer content, and I reuse it before recycling it. 90 points - I buy paper with high post-consumer content, and I reuse it before recycling it. 100 points - I use and reuse my 100% post-consumer recycled paper before I recycle it.
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Created by: kyliemd on 2001-06-20 12:32:40
Last modified by: kyliemd on 2001-06-20 12:59:52

Summary: Tree-free paper may be cool, but it doesn't help the environment as much as recycled paper does. By reusing the trees we've already cut down, we keep trash out of the landfills and we reuse the resources we already spent water and energy harvesting, espe

Author's statement:
Buying paper with a high post-consumer content is important. Non-post-consumer content recycled paper just means the manufacturer included some scraps leftover from other papers it made. It doesn't help reduce the waste in landfills and doesn't prevent new trees from being cut down the way post-consumer content does.

Also, don't forget to cut back on the amount of paper you use in general. Be frugal: reduce and reuse before you recycle.

One of the few cases where tree-free paper is actually helpful to the environment is when it's made from reclaimed farm waste. Think about all the leaves and stems that get left behind when we harvest tomatoes, corn, etc. Those are a great ingredient in paper.


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