This will delight the conservationally-minded. (Conversation/conservation. Shopfitting, Shoplifting. Read carefully. 😉 )
If you remember a while back I posted
In this piece I argue that the paper industry is keeping large stretches of land forested, instead of it being rip-mined or simply going to the dogs.
There is of course a very valid criticism of that stance.
Pine and Eucalypt (Bluegum) forests are not necessarily the way to conserve a country’s natural, indigenous flora. Nothing much grows under pines; the ground is extremely acidified due to the carpet of needles. Eucalypts have a (for South Africa at least) even bigger problem: They suck up the ground water. Eucalypts were used in Windhoek to dry up a small swampy area so that it could be built up (and you ask, why??? oh why?, Namibia is such a dry place!)
So while a few small furry animals somehow manage to make their nests in those trees, and of course a range of insects, on the whole it’s not an ideal solution – especially seeing that after a number of years the whole “forest” gets chopped down for paper pulp and replanted from go.
Ebooks are definitely the neater solution – if one could only ever feel that one owns them.
But there’s something that has been intriguing me.
Printers from China regularly approach P’kaboo to offer us quotes for printing. I do make use of such quotes, as I need to know where the large runs will be produced. In many of these, the printer specifies wood-free paper as the material of choice.
They ask me with concern whether I’d be alright with it, as it is the cheaper option.
Alright? I’d be ecstatic!
Wood-free paper is of much higher quality; the grain is finer and less brittle, more pliable; the pages shine somewhat (because they are smoother); and of course the impact on the environment is much less than that of wood-pulp paper.
And I quote only one of the sections, that actually deals with a small business, not large industry (which do dominate the field of wood-free paper:
We need to support this industry of wood-free paper. Who is with me?