Thursday, September 04, 2008

Ask Umbra: Recycled Paper vs Certified Paper

America's Top Sheaf
On recycled vs. certified paper

Q. Dear Umbra,
Our office is trying to develop an environmental paper procurement policy, and we were wondering which component is most critical -- certification by the Forest Stewardship Council, or recycled content? If you could help us understand which is best to support, we would greatly appreciate it.
Dan S.Denver, Colo.

A. Dearest Dan,
We need to pause and celebrate: 15 years ago, was it even possible for this question to be written? Could an office worker casually toss off "environmental paper procurement policy" and know that it would be generally understood? And were there two eco-positive, decent paper choices to baffle us?

I was still in diapers, of course, but ...
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