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Bad Books: US Paper Products Are Breaking the Law and Devastating Rainforests

Environment  (tags: environment, destruction, deforestation, world, rainforest destruction, nature, ecosystems, humans, habitat, wildlife, forests )

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Both the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) have found that some paper used in books, including popular children's books, is linked to forest devastation in Indonesian, even targeting endangered trees that have been ha

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Michael Feenaughty (267)
Friday November 19, 2010, 4:14 am

Carol H (229)
Friday November 19, 2010, 4:27 am
sadly noted, thanks Cal

. (0)
Friday November 19, 2010, 12:11 pm
I just don't get people who don't give a damn ...

C. G (1)
Friday November 19, 2010, 12:23 pm
Noted and thanks

Jennifer Hester (1)
Friday November 19, 2010, 12:33 pm
We have got to stop destroying everything, or our children will have nothing

Carole K (195)
Friday November 19, 2010, 1:00 pm
Many of these same offending publishers also publish textbooks used in schools. Local school districts should therefore be aware of the impact they have in deforestation when they purchase school books. Collectively our nation's school districts should demand better eco-friendly business practices from the book publishers; as they would be more persuasive than would be individual consumers. I am being thankful after this reading that a very large majority of the books I buy have been purchased second-hand & now I'm aware of the publishing companies to avoid in the future. I'm going to share this article on Facebook with teachers & librarians I know who are appointed to book purchase committees.

Nancy sands (448)
Friday November 19, 2010, 1:35 pm
Another black mark against us!

Evelyn Z (300)
Friday November 19, 2010, 1:37 pm
Noted = Very Sad = Once they're gibe = so are we

AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1087)
Friday November 19, 2010, 1:38 pm
Thanks or all of yur great comments here!
Also, please noteo this article to the left of the title if youcan!


Evelyn Z (300)
Friday November 19, 2010, 1:38 pm
Supposed to read GONE

tom Booth (84)
Friday November 19, 2010, 2:07 pm
HEMP- will end the needless destruction of our forests

Brian M (0)
Friday November 19, 2010, 2:09 pm

Jassmine F (0)
Friday November 19, 2010, 2:10 pm
Sadly noted.

Past Member (0)
Friday November 19, 2010, 2:22 pm
Noted with disgust and great sadness. Why are many people still so uncaring and selfish of the future and what it holds, or doesn't hold, for our grandchildren.

Past Member (0)
Friday November 19, 2010, 2:23 pm
Thank you. This is one reason that I *recycle* my books by sharing/giving them to friends . Hopefully, they share them with others when they are done reading them.

Monica D (580)
Friday November 19, 2010, 2:25 pm
Thanks Cal. It is good that RAN is taking proactive action. I see in the article at the link that:

"The RAN consumer guide recommends that consumers purchase books from publishers that have pledged publically to phase out controversial paper suppliers from Indonesia; these include: Hachette Book Group, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, MacMillian, Penguin Group, Simon and Schuster, and Scholastic. The guide further recommends that consumers avoid publishers who have not made "no commitment to protecting [] endangered rainforests", such as Candlewick Press, Disney Publishing Worldwide, and HarperCollins. "

Monica D (580)
Friday November 19, 2010, 2:28 pm
I don't buy new books any more. I get books from libraries; I think that is better for the environment and helps to save trees.

. (0)
Friday November 19, 2010, 2:31 pm
As an elementary librarian, this is disheartening news.

Past Member (0)
Friday November 19, 2010, 2:32 pm
I agree with Tom Booth. Lets get back to hemp which was used so many years ago. If we begin to use this again - we do not have to cut down the forests - which we need to make oxygen to breath!!!!!

Past Member (0)
Friday November 19, 2010, 2:52 pm
It is too bad that children's books and picture storybooks are using paper from endangered trees. The age of the picture storybook has been already pushed aside in favor of computers for toddlers...and reading begins by holding a child in your lap and reading to him/her from a picture storybook. Very disheartening on a few levels.

Chiari L (2)
Friday November 19, 2010, 3:38 pm
this pisses me off

Justin R (0)
Friday November 19, 2010, 5:25 pm
Years ago when computers came about someone made the prediction that we never will need paper again... Yeah - Now more than ever paper is wasted daily on a mega scale.

As mentioned, use hemp but the big boys would not allow that, it would cut into their little nest egg!

John Williams (36)
Friday November 19, 2010, 6:41 pm
Don't we produce/recycle enough paper that we shouldn't need to import paper or wood pulp !!! If non-recyclers would pitch in and do the right thing it would go along way to alleviate deforestation. And they claim our small actions can't help. WAKE UP NON-BELIEVERS !!!!!!!!!!!!11

Aletta Kraan (146)
Friday November 19, 2010, 7:13 pm
Noted , sad , we get so much useless mail it all goes in the recycle box , except the part with our address .

Erika L (3)
Friday November 19, 2010, 7:22 pm
I keep trying to reduce the paper and plastic in my life, but it sure doesn't seem like most of the rest of the world is making an effort. How can we get more people to care? I would like to help keep our local bookstore open, but now downloading books looks like a better option.

Ann L (15)
Friday November 19, 2010, 8:41 pm
Noted and this comment left on page. Thanks
Hemp has been around for a long time. The big companies do wish hemp to resurface, as they are making way too much money off of the forests and devestating our eco systems.
Time for big business to wise up and turn to renewable resources that grow quickly before it is too late to turn back.

perlita a (20)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 12:11 am
bad news...tsk.tsk.tsk.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 12:57 am

Eugene C (3)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 1:03 am
Somehow there needs to be some really serious monitoring of tree lopping in Indonesia. They have a terrible track record when it comes to the logging of their trees and seems as if no one is rally looking closely enough. The individual land owners have no idea of the bigger picture all they are thinking about is putting food on the table and the others are just plain greedy and are too busy lining their own pockets. Keep these posts in the lime light and perhaps we can draw attention to this terrible misuse of these precious trees.

Terry G (11)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 4:36 am
If this backward country would legalize marijuana, perhaps the use of Hemp would help ease the need to use these trees from other countries for our paper.

Linda W (32)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 6:29 am
Do no corporations have a conscience? They could use recyled paper. Thank you for informing us.

Jeanne J. (1)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 7:21 am
Dateline had a program on last night with Prince Charles of the UK, He has been working very hard to
promote many environmental activities to save the earth, such as sustainable organic farming,
He wrote a book called "Harmony" about this. There is hope when more people of his
influence get involved along with the rest of us. Maybe as we spread the word about the
importance of saving this planet from reckless behavior more humans with influence, money,
and power will grow a conscious and join in. My opinion of Price Charles has gone way up!!

James M (2)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 10:32 am
thats why we need recycled content laws

James M (2)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 10:35 am
rain forest paper should be illegal to use even when already printed on or atleast to import the products

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodriguez (13)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 12:11 pm
There is technology in place to use much less wood to produce paper. Alternative materials such as sugarcane can also be used. Not to forget of course, the best possibility, recycled paper.

Nora J (229)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 10:01 pm
I agree with everyone who says we don't need to cut another single tree for paper production and since we need trees for so many other more important reasons, one being to survive, it is madness, greed and criminal short-sightedness that the alternatives are not being utillised.

Newspapers, junk mail and magazines are the worst offenders. Please feel free to read my newsletter article about junk mail waste:

My husband and I use paper made entirely from wheat straw; no timber content whatsoever. Hemp and bamboo are also excellent alternatives for all sorts of things.

Monica D (580)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 2:18 pm
Many thanks Cal, I have now posted a link to this news item on the Sustainable Products group. It is good that people are putting pressure on companies to make more sustainable products. News items like this are a really good way of exposing what is going on, which helps us push for positive change.

Monica D (580)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 2:19 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Cal because you have done so within the last week.

Nuno Correia (18)
Monday November 22, 2010, 1:59 am
make a law that turn publishers to recycled paper!
i mean books, newspaper, magazines, etc!

Lika P (130)
Sunday November 28, 2010, 2:03 am
This is why we should make hemp products legal. Not only would this save the rain forest, it would create jobs, and the paper would last longer, making it so we don't have to have nearly as much factory pollution because the same copy lasts so much longer.

jane richmond (10)
Sunday November 28, 2010, 11:46 am
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