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If an advertiser wants to send out a junk-mail advertising
piece, they shouldn't get the big bulk-mail discount unless
they certify that only 100% post-consumer recycled paper has
been used. This should do two things: create a bigger market
for recycled paper, and reduce the amount of junk mail.
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||A lot of the junk mail I get already proudly claims to be
made from 70-100% recycled paper--as if that makes it
any better. Recycled paper is harder to recycle again, and
much of the pulp is lost the second time around. We can't
just keep making paper out of paper forever, but
apparently we can make it all okay by sending out a
gazillion tons of waste telling everyone that it's okay.
||[+], and I suggest adding a tax to all unsolicited 3rd-class
||Paper should be made of recycled plastic.
||And plastic should be made of recycled dinosaurs.
||Therefore the paper is dinosaurs?
||Paper dinosaurs are the only kind of dinosaur I've ever
||Paper recycling is very nearly as bad for the
environment as fresh pulp paper. The chemicals they
use are horrible.
If the company is managing
and regrowing the trees paper recycling is worse
than fresh pulp.
||How about they recycle it, instead of sending it. Save a fortune on postage.
||When paper is recycled, a proportion of the wood
fibres split lengthwise, making them too thin and
fragile to be reused. These split fibres are known
||A little-known fact of the paper recycling business
is that the floss is removed by passing the pulp
over large screens covered in cat fur. The floss
becomes trapped and entangled in the fur, while
the undamaged fibres (called stilts, though
goodness knows why) pass over the fur. One
square foot of cat pelt is enough to remove the
floss from about 20,000 litres of pulp (the pelt is
periodically cleaned using a solution of tin
chloride, which drives the floss away from the
fur). But 20,000 litres is not a lot; mills making
recycled paper therefore get through a lot of cat
pelts, most of which are imported from the
||until they get fleeced (no pun intended) by getting a shipment of Peterbald catskins..
||[Voice] Can you cite a source for the claim that
recycling is worse than virgin timber paper
production? The numbers I've seen, once you do a
analysis (including energy for tree management),
seem to indicate that recycling is still preferred,
although, as several people have pointed out,
there is a severe limit on the number of times
paper fibers can be recycled.
||In practice, any paper plant uses large amounts of
harsh chemicals for it's production. You'll probably
do more over-all good by buying unbleached paper
products than debating about recycling or not.
||If recycled paper uses less energy overall, it should be cheaper. I suspect there might be price-gouging going on. (Much as products made from organic wheat are typically a dollar or so more expensive per kg, even though the farm-gate price of organic wheat is only 10-20 cents dollars more.)
||It might be better to require that the mail only be sent to those who have actively consented to receive it - for example, by clearly displaying a sign reading 'unsolicited mail welcome' on the letterbox.