Recycled paper, compared to regular paper...
has a 60-70% energy savings over virgin pulp.
uses 55% less water.
reduces water pollution by 35% and reduces air pollution by 74%.
Every 20 cases of recycled paper saves the equivalent of 3 to 12
recycled paper products "closes the loop"; paper made from
paper means trees that don't get cut down. And trees are an
important in that they store, or sequester, carbon dioxide,
keeping this greenhouse gas out of the atmosphere.
But it's not
always easy to find paper products. You might assume that all
grocery stores would carry at least one brand of paper towels,
toilet paper, etc. made from recycled paper. But not all do.
Warehouse has a large selection
Marcal products. You can either buy a single roll to try
it, or buy large quantities.
Safeway carries EarthFirst brand paper products, which are
100% recycled content, 80% post-consumer content.
added Seventh Generation
paper towels and toilet
Trader Joes carries their
own line of recycled paper products.
Whole Foods Market
carries recycled paper products, and some alternatives to paper made from
cotton. Their own "365" brand is cheaper than the name
brands they carry. However, one of the very best brands is
Seventh Generation. It's premium priced, but they
have an extensive line of products
And you can buy recycled paper
products at office supply stores like Staples
and Office Depot, although sometimes you
have to buy quantities of 24.
You can occasionally find brands like
Fiesta and April Soft toilet paper at dollar stores. While you
may not have heard of them, they actually rate very well according to
Natural Resources Defense Council's ratings. Dollar stores also sometimes
carry Marcal toilet paper and paper towels.
products that you can buy that are made from recycled paper include paper
towels, toilet paper, napkins, and facial tissue. Also, you can get office
paper products like paper for printers and fax machines. Staples and Office
Depot have excellent selections of these.
And to help the effort along, if
you're not recycling cardboard and magazines, please consider doing that.
While you may not have curbside recycling for these items, chances are your
county or city has drop off points for them.
When shopping for , please consider
looking for products that are listed as Fair Trade Certified. You
can look for local and online retailers at