The greenest paper of them all

Mar 09, 2009 By Sandy Bauers

Wondering which paper towel or toilet paper is the greenest? The nonprofit advocacy group Greenpeace has released a pocket guide to paper products -- an updated version of the old National Resources Defense Council guide. The products also include facial tissues and paper napkins, although many people suggest ANY paper napkin is not a good thing. Use cloth until it's dirty, wash it with the rest of the clothes and skip the ironing.

Anyway, among the brands recommends are Green Forest, Natural Value, Seventh Generation, 365 and Trader Joe's. It suggests you avoid Kleenex Cottonelle, Charmin, Quilted Northern, Angel Soft and even Scott Naturals.

You can download the guide at www.greenpeace.org/usa/campaigns/forests/tissueguide .

Greenpeace uses three benchmarks in making its ratings. The recommended brands are made from 100 percent overall , a minimum of which is 50 percent post-consumer recycled content, and are not bleached with chlorine or toxic chlorine compounds.

The guide lists those recommended, those that "can do better" and those that should be avoided. With each brand, it lists the percentage of recycled content and specifies the bleaching process.

" that are made from recycled content help to reduce our impact on ancient forests, protecting and wildlife," said Greenpeace forest campaigner Lindsey Allen in a statement. "By using our guide and voting with their dollars, shoppers can help save endangered forests."

Critical among them is the Canadian Boreal, which provides nesting grounds for millions of songbirds. But it is being heavily logged, and Greenpeace contends many of the trees go straight into products.

Greenpeace has had a long-standing battle with Kimberly-Clark, the largest tissue product company in the world. Greenpeace gave an "avoid" rating to these Kimberly-Clark brands: Kleenex, Scott, Cottonelle and Viva.

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mikiwud
1 / 5 (3) Mar 10, 2009
Greenpeas talk about toxic chemicals then push the use of "hybrids" so you can carry 100s of pounds of toxic chemicals (battery) around with were ever you go. That is until they need to dispose of it as toxic waste!
DGBEACH
2.3 / 5 (3) Mar 10, 2009
Greenpeas talk about toxic chemicals then push the use of "hybrids" so you can carry 100s of pounds of toxic chemicals (battery) around with were ever you go. That is until they need to dispose of it as toxic waste!

Yes, how dare they! They should be using those green, citric-acid batteries, and physically peddling those vehicles up hills...what a bunch of whiners -:)

Velanarris
5 / 5 (1) Mar 10, 2009
Anyone else notice the hilarity in the fact that Greenpeace printed and distributed pamphlets about using "greener" paper products?

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