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Kimberly-Clark to Launch Bamboo Toilet Paper

From the Environmental Leader: Kimberly-Clark’s U.K. line of Andrex toilet tissue will launch Andrex Eco, made with 90 percent recycled fiber and 10 percent bamboo, the company said. http://www.environmentalleader.com/2012/03/28/kimberly-clark-to-launch-bamboo-toilet-paper/

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BioMass Packaging Launches Compostable Cup Range

From Environmental Leader:BioMass Packaging has added modular, single-serve cups and lids to its line of compostable food service products. Greenware cups (pictured) and lids are made entirely from NatureWorks Ingeo biopolymer, a polylactic acid-based material. The range consists of a … Continue reading

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Burning wood for power would threaten forests

From the Lexington Herald Leader:  The Nov. 27 editorial was correct in asserting that Kentucky needs to diversify its energy portfolio and take meaningful steps toward joining other states in capitalizing on renewable sources of energy and the jobs that … Continue reading

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Ikea Scraps Wood Pallets for Paper

From Green Retail Decisions: Ikea – which uses 10 million pallets to ship products from suppliers to 287 stores worldwide — says it is replacing wooden pallets with a paper cardboard variation that is lighter and cheaper. http://www.greenretaildecisions.com/news/2011/12/01/ikea-scraps-wood-pallets-for-paper

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Need for Efficiency Drives Printing Industry Toward Sustainability

From the Environmental Leader: As the Printing Industries of America points out, running a sustainable printing business requires a holistic approach, rather than a disjointed set of efforts. First, it includes ensuring that the actual product you are printing (whether … Continue reading

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Additional Investments in Youth Needed as World Population Tops 7 Billion, States United Nations Report

From Science Daily: In five days, world population is projected to reach 7 billion. How we respond now will determine whether we have a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future or one that is marked by inequalities, environmental decline and economic … Continue reading

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Disposable Chopsticks Strip Asian Forests

From The New York Times: Each year, the equivalent of 3.8 million trees go into the manufacture of about 57 billion disposable pairs of chopsticks in China, according to statistics from that nation’s national forest bureau. About 45 percent of … Continue reading

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Tea Party rallies in favor of Gibson Guitar, ignores reasons instrument-maker is under investigation

From Mongabay: This weekend around 500 people showed up for a rally and concert in Nashville, Tennessee. The rally was in support of Gibson Guitars, a US-company currently under investigation for allegedly importing illegally logged wood into the country, an … Continue reading

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Defining Recycled Content in Paper Products

From the Environmental Leader: In papermaking, we typically refer to two distinctly different sources of recycled fiber, most commonly referred to as post consumer or post industrial sources. Sometimes the term pre-consumer will be used interchangeably with post industrial fiber. … Continue reading

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Famed Guitar Maker Raided by Federal Agents

From The New York Times: Tracing what they say is an illegal shipment of Indian hardwood, federal agents raided offices and factories belonging to Gibson Guitar Corporation last week for the second time in two years, seizing documents, computer hard … Continue reading

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