Jul
01
2000

Pulp Facts

Paper, pollution & the press

When people think of the most environmentally devastating industries, the print media may not come immediately to mind. But unfortunately for everyone who gets their news this way, the cost of the morning paper that lands on our stoop—and even the magazine you are now reading—may include "denuded landscapes, toxic rivers, foul air, bulging landfills and belching incinera­tors," according to Paper Cuts: Recovering the Paper Landscape, a 1999 World Watch Institute report. About 5.8 billion magazines and 24 billion newspapers are published each year, according to trade figures. And the report, which culled statistics from such mainstream sources as industry […]