Saturday, December 30, 2006

Wasteful Resources - How many Trees We killed?

Free Magazines which turns out to be nothing but wasteful junks to throw away.
Some of these magazine and weeklies are printed on grossy non-cyclable!
The worst offenders are the Real Estate Magazines / Homes magazines, both resale homes and new homes catalogs. There are over 5-6 in our area that are published weekly. Do you pick them up? They are dream homes and they are gorgeous - ofcourse I pick them up all the time. I need to learn to stop the bad habit. I actually did since I spend my time on the internet and I do my searches online. But, there are many trade magazines that I can subscribe FOR FREE, they are tools for my career you know... and they are all FREE subscriptions! Oh Lord Buddha, I do not even have time to read them. I finally let the subscription run out without renewing again.

How many trees do we killed each week, each day we pick up these FREEBIES from the magazine racks at the supermarket??

Phone Books - How many Do we need? How many we throw away before it even reaches the consumer or the household it was supposed to be delivered to?

Sunday, December 03, 2006

On My Mind.

I have been thinking about serious writing and I have gather many of the topics on my mind. One of the topics I often thought about (in despair) is the subject of 'WASTE'. My particular concerns are with the WASTE of Papers and printed materials. The reason is that this is one of the products that affect our world, the trees and the forests.

I came across several web sites while I was doing a reseach for this topic and I came across this thought provoking article about the Free Newspapers in London....

What Ever Happened To ...FREE Newspapers..
In addition to Metro, City A.M. and assorted magazines aimed at Aussies, Kiwis and South Africans, the commuters of London can now avail themselves of 800,000 extra free papers each weekday in the form of new launches thelondonpaper and London Lite.

Which means a huge addition to the 20 tonnes of newsprint already being dumped every day on the seats and floors of the London Underground (sadly, there are no litter bins, dating back to the security risk posed in the days of the IRA).

I also saw a notice on a Frest Ethics web site about Victoria Secret and their catalog.

"Victoria's Secret is recklessly destroying Endangered Forests, contributing to global warming and habitat destruction," said Matt Meyer, one of the organizers of the demonstration, a Unitarian Universalist and co-founder of BCSL. "They're taking one of our most valuable resources and turning it into junk mail," added Shana Ortman of ForestEthics.

Victoria's Secret prints 395 million catalogs a year, predominately on virgin paper that comes directly from North America's Great Boreal Forest. Victoria's Secret's paper supplier, International Paper, sources fiber for paper from companies such as West Fraser, a known destroyer of Endangered Forests. Victoria's Secret also sources paper from Endangered Forests in the Southeast United States. Victoria's Secret is currently reviewing its paper purchasing so they can consider more environmentally responsible options.

I have my own opinions about the two subjects above which related to my research and my topic that I will post here in the near future.