Thursday, January 03, 2008

Save a bird by buying recycled paper?

The Daily Green's One Easy Thing ecotip says

If you can't take Sheryl Crow's jesting suggestion to use a single square of toilet paper, why not use a couple but make sure they come from a recycled roll?

And if that rubs you wrong, at least choose recycled napkins, paper towels, office paper and other paper products. It's been calculated that Americans toss so much office paper that a year's worth would stretch from Los Angeles to New York and stand 12 feet tall.

Considering that logging of the boreal forest in Canada and Siberia is happening at a lightning-quick pace that is proving too speedy for many songbirds that live there, the feathered friend at the feeder can serve as an everyday reminder of the importance of the simple choice: recycled paper, please.
How many recycled-paper items do you use at home and at work? Does your employer recycle office paper?

Black-throated Blue Warber courtesy of Kevin T. Karlson/BorealBirds.org

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4 Comments:

Blogger dguzman said...

We actually don't use paper towels/napkins/plates at home, and I take all the office paper from my work and reuse the backs of it at home and at Kat's school-office; then we recycle it. I buy recycled TP whenever I find it, but it's tough to find.

January 04, 2008 12:13 PM  
Blogger Patrick Belardo said...

Similar to Delia, we try to eliminate paper products where possible. That Boreal Songbird Initiative web site has a great cheat sheet for which brands are the best:

http://www.borealbirds.org/birdshopguide/BirdFriendlyShoppersGuide.pdf

January 08, 2008 11:51 AM  
Blogger Patrick Belardo said...

My link got cut off... argh...

Go to "Fun Stuff" then "Free Downloads"

http://www.borealbirds.org

January 08, 2008 11:53 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Thanks to you both for the ideas.

January 08, 2008 11:56 AM  

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