I asked about the perception that recycled paper is more expensive than conventional paper products. The argument is that recycled paper should not have to be more expensive, and can even be cheaper. It’s really about changing the way business is done. Glass explained that paper mills can build or retool their facilities to efficiently handle deinked paper fiber. The Project is trying to encourage publishers to plan ahead and even use its Buying Club to get better prices on recycled paper. Locantore explains that publishers can also consider reducing the basis weight of each hundred pounds of product, essentially making pages a bit thinner. The Project is trying to work as a resource for those in the paper industry who want to reduce their environmental impact.
• Reduce! Get off of junk mail lists and don’t subscribe to magazines that refuse to use recycled paper. https://www.catalogchoice.org/
• Reuse! Use the backside of paper for notes and printing.
• Recycle! Make sure to recycle all your paper products so that they can be turned into new products. Also, be sure to only buy paper that has recycled content and is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
I’ll add to that list one more: Play outside with your kids and help them appreciate how trees protect habitat for birds and all the rest of us sharing this planet.