When navigating the sea of environmentally friendly paper choices, consumers have a lot of jargon to wade through. Here are some of the most common terms: Post-consumer waste: Paper that was printed on, used and recycled. Pre-consumer waste: Paper that wasn’t printed on or used by the consumer. Usually this is the trims from sheeting […]
Green Living: The Handbook for Living Lightly
The pages of the Canadian edition of the fifth Harry Potter book destroyed no forest at all–not even one tree. That’s because it was printed on 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper–saving not only trees but also water and energy and reducing pollution.
FURNITURE Don’t be fooled by the oak, walnut or cherry veneer cloaking your office cabinets, wall paneling, desk and shelves. Underneath, these products are made of plywood and particleboard, which in turn consist of wood strips or particles bonded together with formaldehyde-based glues and resins. These materials can off-gas chemicals for years. For an environmentally […]
We Americans spend 90 percent of our life indoors. More than half of that time is spent in office buildings, where we toil in workspaces filled with stale, recycled air, and labor under the glare of fluorescent lights, without sunlight or views of the outdoors. Nine to five, American office workers breathe in chemicals emitted from synthetic carpets, paints, office furniture and computer equipment, as well as molds and bacteria that slither through heating and ventilation systems. All of which can prompt sneezing, stuffy noses, headaches, fatigue, asthma attacks, dry throats, watery eyes–and even a trip to the hospital, as Joann Taylor discovered.