Your Butt is Killing the Rainforest

Here's something for you to ponder the next time you're in the bathroom: American's love for soft toilet paper is ecologically hard on forests!

... fluffiness comes at a price: millions of trees harvested in North America and in Latin American countries, including some percentage of trees from rare old-growth forests in Canada. Although toilet tissue can be made at similar cost from recycled material, it is the fiber taken from standing trees that help give it that plush feel, and most large manufacturers rely on them.

Customers “demand soft and comfortable,” said James Malone, a spokesman for Georgia Pacific, the maker of Quilted Northern. “Recycled fiber cannot do it.” [...]

Though most of the pulp comes from tree farms, but not all:

Although brands differ, 25 percent to 50 percent of the pulp used to make toilet paper in this country comes from tree farms in South America and the United States. The rest, environmental groups say, comes mostly from old, second-growth forests that serve as important absorbers of carbon dioxide, the main heat-trapping gas linked to global warming. In addition, some of the pulp comes from the last virgin North American forests, which are an irreplaceable habitat for a variety of endangered species, environmental groups say.

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Truly it is a big deal, unless you don't care if yer children's children might not have a planet, if more people cared then we might not be havin the problems that we are, hence earthquakes,valcanos,and everything else....
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Complete horseshit.
Nobody uses old growth virgin timber to make paper. It's just too valuable. And half rotten.

Pulpwood is grown specifically to turn into paper.

If I want to squat, crap into a hole in the floor and hose my ass off I'll move to the third world.

Which is where we'll all be if these enviro-whackos have their way.
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