Print buyers hope to get paid for using a pittance of recycled fiber and making paper from “legal sources”. I guess it never hurts to ask. Who would have thought that the government would give pulp companies $10 billion dollars just because some of them were in Maine?
Dead Tree did a fine story on this and it is available at Federal Subsidy For Green Printing To Be Proposed .
Print Buyers Online will propose legislation outlined in the next two paragraphs. Continue Reading
For the large environmental groups, there is a central (mostly closeted) issue that rises above all others. It is world population. Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network, Friends of the Earth, etc. have no compassion for people.
The human species is the problem. If there were just fewer of us, then the earth would be so much more “natural”. If we could reduce our industrial footprint, and return to living off the land, then we could all be “friends of the earth”.
Nine environmental groups and 21 forestry companies have settled on a comprehensive agreement that should allow for peace in the Boreal. See the details here. I will be offering a number of links in this post – all of them are worth your time, especially if you are involved with paper or the related industries. Excerpts from these links are also included.
Under the Agreement FPAC members, who manage two-thirds of all certified forest land in Canada, commit to the highest environmental standards of forest management within an area twice the size of Germany. Conservation groups commit to global recognition and support for FPAC member efforts. The Agreement calls for the suspension of new logging on nearly 29 million hectares of Boreal Forest to develop conservation plans for endangered caribou, while maintaining essential fiber supplies for uninterrupted mill operations. “Do Not Buy” campaigns by Canopy, ForestEthics and Greenpeace will be suspended while the Agreement is being implemented.
The long standing feud between ForestEthics (FSC certification) and SFI has reached another level recently. ForestEthics is, as reported in Wood Wars Sprawls to IRS, Fortune 500, challenging SFI’s charitable status. This short article is good update.
Apparently, ForestEthics does not believe trees grow unless certified FSC. FSC is like a special fertilizer. Actually when you think about it, that organization does have a “fertilizer” smell to it – from top to bottom and inside to outside. Continue Reading