Paper Trails

Paper Trails : From Trees to Trash - The True Cost of Paper

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From the medical sheets in maternity wards to our death certificates, paper charts the course of our lives. Paradoxically, it spreads ideas and learning as well as thousands of tons of junk mail, yet our dependence on this material is damaging our planet and creating mountains of unnecessary waste. Mandy Haggith explores our society's obsession with paper, from its invention in China 2000 years ago to the millions of tonnes we now use every year. Following the paper trail around the world, Mandy discovers the human stories of those affected by the industry, from a Russian ecologist, a Finnish logger and Indonesian tribal leaders, to a Canadian publisher and a Vietnamese paper technologist. In the process, she uncovers the paper industry's dirtiest secrets and sets out simple, practical steps we can take to minimise our own personal use of 20 tonnes of paper over our lifetime.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 256 pages
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Digital
  • London, United Kingdom
  • None
  • 0753516314
  • 9780753516317
  • 2,140,961

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"Engaging ... Read this - but then recycle it please" * Evening Standard * "What is revealed is the extent to which the global industry has done a slick cover-up job" * The Times * "Tracks the devastation left behind by the production of the 12.5 million tons of paper gobbled up by the UK every year" * Independent * "Compelling and terrifying" -- Lucy Siegle * Observer *show more

About Mandy Haggith

Mandy Haggith is a freelance writer, researcher and activist. She has spent the past decade campaigning for the world's forests, including lobbying at the United Nations, working as a consultant for Greenpeace and WWF and writing articles for Pulp and Paper International and Resurgence magazine. Her novel The Last Bear won the 2009 Robin Jenkins Award, the UK's first environmental book prize.show more

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Travels in search of the truth about a global industry Paper charts the course of our lives, from the medical sheets in maternity wards to our death certificates. We write on it, package things in it, use it as currency and blow our noses on it. Yet our dependence on this seemingly 'green' product is damaging our planet and creating mountains of unnecessary waste. Join Mandy Haggith on a journey to the heart of the global paper industry, travelling from the pristine forests and managed plantations of Canada, Russia and Indonesia to the pulp mills and paper factories of China and Britain, and the end users in businesses, governments, schools and homes throughout the world. Pursuing the paper trail from forest to landfill, she uncovers the origins, multiple uses and disposal of this everyday product and gives a fascinating new perspective on the paper industry's dirtiest secrets, from environmental devastation to human rights abuses. You'll discover the truth about the paper we use every day and the simple, practical steps you can take to minimise your own paper trail.show more

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