The Newest 'Global Warming' Lie... Using Toliet Paper is 'Worse for Planet' Than Gas Guzzling Cars! (Give Me a Break!)
I don't know who the mindless individuals are that came up with this one but they deserve the 'Assinine Award of the Year'! The biggest wasters of EVERYTHING is the government! More 'Carbon Tax' laced propaganda! Here's the pitch... ~ SadInAmerica
US Toilet Paper 'Worse for Planet' Than Gas Guzzling Cars!
The vast majority of the paper used by American consumers is produced from virgin forests, while Europeans are more open to using recycled lavatory paper. (!)
Greenpeace this week launched a guide about the ecological impact of the use of toilet paper. Lindsey Allen, a forestry expert with the envirnmental campaign group, said: "We have this myth in the US that recycled is just so low quality, it's like cardboard."
More than 98 per cent of the toilet paper sold in the US is from virgin forests, with the figure just under 60 per cent in Europe. (!)
US consumers consume significantly more of the paper than Europeans - reportedly three times as much. (!) They are said to use 100 times paper per head of population than the Chinese. (!)
Allen Hershkowitz, a scientist at the Natural Resources Defence Council, said: "Future generations are going to look at the way we make toilet paper as one of the greatest excesses of our age. Making toilet paper from virgin wood is a lot worse than driving [petrol-thirsty cars] in terms of global warming pollution." (!)
American producers of the products maintain that there is ample choice for consumers, with recycled toilet paper - which involves less use of chemicals when manufactured - available widely in the US. (TRUE!)
February 27, 2009 - source TelegraphUK - posted at OpedNews - photo Getty
From the Toliet Paper Encyclopedia...
How much of the world’s trees are cut down for paper manufacturing?
Paper manufacturing accounts for 28% of all of the trees that are cut down. More trees are planted every year than are chopped down. On an average, when a tree is harvested for making paper, five more are planted in its place.
Will we run out of trees if we continue to cut them down for the production of all of the world’s toilet paper?
No. More trees are planted every year than are chopped down. This is due in most part to the success of “managed timberlands”. Trees are a renewable resource. As long as we manage timberland and plant trees to replace the ones cut down, trees will continue to grow and grow forever. On an average, when a tree is harvested for making paper, five more are planted in its place.
Which type of tree is grown for paper production?
Most softwood trees used for paper come from forests called “managed timberlands”. Even though the trees in these timberlands may look like “woods,” they are an actual agricultural crop - like vegetables on a farm. The trees are grown primarily for being made into paper products for consumer use.
Which paper manufacturers have the highest recycled paper utilization rate?
Tissue manufacturers have one of the highest recycled paper utilization rates in the paper and paperboard industry; over 60 percent in recent years. That means that tissue manufacturers require 60 tons of recovered paper for every 100 tons of tissue paper produced.
Who produces the largest source of tree-free paper?
One of the most complete sources for tree-free paper is the Oregon-based Fiber Options Paper Company catalog. Owner Karen Wood points out that plants like kenaf produce four times as much fiber per acre per year as trees, and that the plants’ shorter fibers also make them more easily recyclable. “You can also recycle tree-free paper right along with your wood-based paper,” she says.
Did Thomas Crapper invent the toilet?
No. Although from 1861 to 1904 Crapper did have a successful career in the plumbing industry, holding nine patents for plumbing-related products in England, he did not invent the toilet. Albert Giblin holds the 1819 British Patent for the Silent Valveless Water Waste Preventer, a system that allowed a toilet to flush effectively. Giblin worked for Crapper as an employee and the most likely scenario is that Crapper bought the patent rights from Giblin and marketed the device himself.
What did people use before toilet paper was invented?
*Newsprint, paper catalogue pages in early US
*Hayballs, Scraper/gompf stick kept in container by the privy in the Middle Ages
*Discarded sheep’s wool in the Viking Age, England
*Frayed end of an old anchor cable was used by sailing crews from Spain and Portugal *Medieval Europe- Straw, hay, grass, gompf stick
*Corn cobs, Sears Roebuck catalog, mussel shell, newspaper, leaves, sand- United States
*Water and your left hand, India
*Pages from a book, British Lords
*Coconut shells in early Hawaii
*Lace was used by French Royalty
*Public Restrooms in Ancient Rome- A sponge soaked in salt water, on the end of a stick
*The Wealthy in Ancient Rome-Wool and Rosewater
*French Royalty-lace, hemp
*Hemp & wool were used by the elite citizens of the world
*Defecating in the river was very common internationally
*Snow and Tundra Moss were used by early Eskimos
Interesting Site... Toliet Paper Encyclopedia