[LINK] Environment department used 30 sheets of paper per person per day

Michael Still mikal at stillhq.com
Wed Jan 28 09:37:15 AEDT 2009

Adrian Chadd wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 28, 2009, Stilgherrian wrote:
>> On 28/01/2009, at 9:06 AM, Jon Seymour wrote:
>>> Elimimating waste is, of course, worthy, but one suspects that the
>>> environmental footprint of a netbook over its lifetime (3 years) is
>>> greater than 65 reams of plantation derived paper
>> I sincerely hope, Sir, that you're not suggesting we start making  
>> decisions on the basis of rational analysis rather than slogans and  
>> symbols? That would be the end of civilisation as we know it!
> Wouldn't it suck if the actual environment impact of sending out
> everything via paper, all the overheads in processing it, printing it,
> processing it, recycling it, etc is actually less than doing everything
> electronically?
> Sounds like a study that'll never get funding. :)

I wouldn't be surprised if that's the case. Paper is recyclable... Most 
electronics are not (well, you can reuse, but can't recycle). Oh, and 
the manufacturing techniques for most electronics are pretty scary.

That's why I only buy fiction novels second hand... Its good for the 
environment, and thus I get to be smug.


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