I read recently that printing one edition of the Sunday New York Times
requires 75,000 trees (not surprising if you've ever seen it). It bears
mentioning that a typical mainstream newspaper is at least 60 percent
advertising. We can ponder not only that a lot of trees die for the sake
of hucksterism, but the impact all that advertising has on the "news"
content that's wrapped around it. It's a good advertisement for seeking
out alternative media that scrape by without advertising.
As a former newspaperite myself, I can tell you that newspaper
conglomerates are always crying poor-mouth because of "the cost of
newsprint." The more well-heeled media magnates have actually bought their
own forests so as to lower their costs (vertical integration I think it's
Center for a Livable Future
Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Public Health
On Tue, 3 Nov 1998, lloyd kinder wrote:
> Terry wrote:
> >You write to ogl:
> >>I ... am wondering if newspaper is
> >>now safe to use as mulch.
> >Another question is whether using newspaper as mulch is a sustainable
> >Too much newsprint comes from old growth forest. I read on OGL that in
> >US 'everybody' buys the New York Times, a paper of humungous size that
> >nobody could possibly read all the way through, and so I imagine they
> >it in order to read a handful of items each week - -the rest going to
> >or at best mulch. This is a terrible way to use up our old growth
> >Even if the fibre comes from second growth, it is still used up at an
> >unsustainable rate.
> >I'd urge everyone to reconsider their newspaper buying habits - - get
> >news from smaller, more focussed sources, or electronic media. And
> >remember when you use a largely unread newspaper as mulch, that a tree
> in a
> >dsitant forest was sacrificed for that purpose.
> > With best wishes,
> >Fulford Harbour BC
> Hi Terry. I guess we can skip the moon part. Do you mean Newspaper
> publishers still don't use recycled paper? Does it really take a whole
> tree to print one newspaper? Do you mean a whole printing of several
> hundred or thousand copies? Aloha. Lloyd
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