Research this on your own if you are interested. What got me researching this is the paper mills and their defiance in the environmental regulations that the communities surrounding them are demanding.
This got me thinking, what can i do? and like so many things our money is our vote and we can directing support or NOT support certain industries and companies that are directly affecting people and our environment.
A great website for unbleached paper:
Chemicals Used In Bleaching Paper
In order to get paper products the right kind of white, chlorine and its derivatives are used to bleach it into submission.
Any remaining lignin is removed from chemical pulp using chlorine gas and then treated with either chlorine hypochlorite or chlorine dioxide to give it more brightness.
Between 50 and 80kg of chlorine is needed to bleach each tonne of pulp of which approximately 10% will go on to bind with organic matter to produce furans, dioxins and other organochlorines.
Dioxins and furans are some of the most toxic chemicals known to science. A draft report released for public comment in September 1994 by the US Environmental Protection Agency clearly describes dioxin as a serious public health threat.
Green Is The New WhiteSo next time you go to use a paper product, consider its cost to the environment and to the health of future generations. Ask yourself whether you really need to use it or whether there is a more sustainable alternative. And if you wish to make a difference, consider making the following changes:
- Buy paper from fair-trade, well managed, sustainable sources (for instance as labelled by the FSC)
- Use handkerchiefs not tissues
- Do not print unless you really need to
- Give up using paper cups, kitchen towel, napkins, and other products which are not needed
- Buy recycled paper
- Buy unbleached paper products wherever possible
- Buy chlorine-free paper products
If you’re eating the typical North American diet, this is where you are getting your dioxin from: