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Toilet Paper Companies Are Fueling Deforestation In Canada
Toilet Paper Companies Are Fueling Deforestation In Canada
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Toilet Paper Companies Are Fueling Deforestation In Canada

The toilet tissue emergency of 2020 will most likely be recognized as a bizarre and clever aside to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, another report from the U.S.- based Natural Resources Defense Council says there’s an alternate yet increasingly troubling bathroom tissue emergency presently approaching in Canada, and it’s driving worldwide environmental change.

The Issue with Tissue 2.0: How the tree-to-latrine pipeline powers our atmosphere emergency, asserts a noteworthy bit of virgin wood fiber from the one million sections of land of Canadian boreal backwoods obvious consistently goes to huge American bathroom tissue makers.

“With every roll of their unsustainable toilet paper, companies are pushing the world toward an unthinkable future, destroying ancient and irreplaceable Canadian boreal forest for something as short lived as a flush,” said co-author Jennifer Skene.

President and CEO Derek Nighbor says the portrayal that Canadian woodlands are being chopped down to make bathroom tissue is evidently false, and that the report is an activity in “wanton polarizaton.”

“In Canada, we’re not harvesting trees to make toilet paper, we’re harvesting trees in a planned and sustainable way to produce lumber. And then at those sawmills, the leftover wood chips, sawdust and bark then go off to different facilities for further processing,” he said.

“The wood fibre that ends up going to toilet paper is about one per cent of our overall wood fibre basket.”

As per Skene, tissue produced using virgin fiber has multiple times the atmosphere sway as that produced using reused material.

In an announcement to CBC, Proctor and Gamble stated: “When you purchase Charmin, you are settling on a dependable decision. Charmin is Rainforest Alliance and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) confirmed, sourced from mindfully oversaw woodlands.”

Nighbor says so far customers have not indicated a lot of interest for bathroom tissue made with reused fiber. Also, he says, there is a breaking point to its utilization.

“I think you can recycle paper six times, so you’re always going to need virgin fibre,” he said.

“If you have lumber sawmills with chip piles piling up that they can’t sell, that becomes a fire risk. So we view it as part of the circular economy. And if people, based on preference, want more recycled content, we would support that.”

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Melissa Critch

Melissa Critch

Melissa Critch is a lawyer by day and journalist in the free time. She likes to fact check and report latest Canadian news.

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