2005/03/21

Save Canada's ancient Boreal Forest

One of Greenpeace's current major campaigns is to stop the destruction of Canada's Boreal forest. Many tissue products like toilet paper, facial tissue, paper towels and napkins are produced from Boreal trees.

Although this campaign is happening in Canada, I think it's a global issue that should receive attention from not just inside Canada, but also in other countries that use these products wastefully without considering the consequences.

One thing we can all do to help is to purchase eco-friendly alternatives to tissue products made from ancient forests. Tissue products made from 100% recycled paper already exist. These are of equal quality value, and price and can be bought at most major grocery, health food, and corner stores. Although some products may be "Greenwashed", you can selectively purchase tissues based on this Greenpeace Shopper's Guide to Ancient Forest Friendly Tissue Products.

Here are a few facts about tissue paper:
1. Over 700,000 tonnes of tissue products are used each year in Canada.
2. Over 7.4 millions tonnes of tissue products are used each year in the US.
3. The per capita consumption of tissue products in Canada is 22kg/year.
4. The per capita consumption of tissue products worldwide is 3.4 kg/year
5. The average Canadian uses about 100 rolls of toilet paper each year. This is equal to approximately 4.6 km of paper.
6. Canada exports 300,000 tonnes of tissue products to the US each year
7. Canada imports 240,000 tonnes of tissue products from the US each year

North American consumption of tissue products is substantially higher than the average throughout the world, so to keep our "way of life", we should be mindful of the potential consequences of our consumption and do as much as we can to minimize the negative impact.

"Greenpeace believes that it is simply wrong that one-time use products, disposable products, are being produced out of ancient forests. The Boreal forest is literally being flushed down the toilet every day by millions of consumers across Canada. This needs to stop."


An aerial view of boreal forest in the Temagami region of Ontario

Other related links:
Greenpeace: Tissue Products: Flushing the ancient Boreal forest down the toilet
Greenpeace Kleercut campaign
What is the Boreal forest?
Why should we care?
The threats to the Boreal forest
 

9 Comments:

I haven't the time to look at all the links right now, Jim but I don't have to in order to say I agree with you 100%. It's time we got our act together on issues that are easily fixable. Some aren't but many are. Recycled paper products is an easy one. But, it does take us to make the right choices. When companies see recyled products becoming the product of choice they will change. 

Posted by Dianne
3/21/2005 12:43:00 pm  
This is awful. As well as the recyclable option which is clearly easily implemented for toilet paper, even for high quality printing paper and the like, I don't understand why we have to go decimate ancient forest of trees that take hundreds of years to grow when we could so readily (and it's done in some areas) plant quick growing species like pine trees, thus having a sustainable exploitation of tree supply.

What will we do when all the ancient forest have disappeared? How are we gonna wipe our asses?  

Posted by WhyNot
3/21/2005 07:49:00 pm  
Just curious, but what is the problem with hemp? Easy to grow, yields high quality fiber, is renewable, and does not require decimation of old growth forests. Any forests for that matter.

Oh wait a minute, I know what the problem is: someone might go and get stoned. God forbid. Right, lets keep cutting down those trees that have been growing since the battle of Hastings so that I can wipe my ass with some quilted 3 ply.  

Posted by deviant1
3/23/2005 04:31:00 pm  
"I can wipe my ass with some quilted 3 ply "

Quilted 3 ply? Is that some kind of tyre retread species? 

Posted by WhyNot
3/23/2005 04:42:00 pm  
Furthermore, my quilted 3 ply had better be bone white too! Those icky beige non-bleached recycled paper options just don't cut it for this camper's ass wiping needs.

Sure, some weird ass chemicals causing cancer and genetic disorders creep into the environment in the process but by god I'll have nice 3 ply!

Who really cares if some strangers kid ends up with two heads, down's syndrome and glows in the dark. That'll learn ya for living to close to a pullp and paper mill powered by the Nuke plant!

Should have not worked for minimum age for the local walmart, upgraded your skills and got a Condo downtown instead.

Ain't nobody going to fuck with this man's 3 ply!
3/23/2005 04:42:00 pm  
"Ain't nobody going to fuck with this man's 3 ply! "

I hear you brother! Hey, speaking of camper's ass wiping needs and ancient forests.... do they have gender senstive toilet trees in there? 

Posted by WhyNot
3/23/2005 04:47:00 pm  
"Quilted 3 ply? Is that some kind of tyre retread species?"

Quilted, bone white 3 ply toilet paper is where its at whynot! 3 layer quilted goodness.

Its like squeezing the charmin ... only for your ass.
3/23/2005 04:48:00 pm  
"do they have gender senstive toilet trees in there?"

I am not sure but I can tell you this:

Make the wrong choice on a major issue like gender sensitive toilets and you'll set off armageddon!

AAAIIIIee! The four horsemen of apocalypse approach!
3/23/2005 04:53:00 pm  
"Make the wrong choice on a major issue like gender sensitive toilets and you'll set off armageddon! "

Don't I know it! I think I too will look at the local rifle store. Gotta defend my toilet and my reserve of 3 ply. Civilization as we know it depends on it. 

Posted by WhyNot
3/23/2005 05:01:00 pm  

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