Volume 1, Number 2
A Roundup on Recycling and Environmentalism
- Interest in environmental concerns is fading away, according to
an article in the London Economist (March 5) and an
Associated Press story by David E. Kalish that ran April 3.
The Economist says, in a one-page article entitled
"Environmental Groups: As Green Turns to Brown," that membership in
Greenpeace, the Sierra Club and the Wilderness Society declined
significantly between 1990 and 1993. However, the article's title
is misleading, because a table shows that some organizations grew
significantly during the same period, namely the Environmental
Defence Fund, the Nature Conservancy, and the National Resources
Defence Council, which all grew by about 25%. In 1991-92,
contributions to environmental and wildlife groups increased by
2.4%, the article says, more than any other sort of charitable
The Associated Press story emphasizes the economic misfortunes of
"green magazines" like Garbage, Buzzworm, and
Green Business Letter.
- Since it is impossible to analyze a piece of paper and tell how
much of it is recycled fiber, Canada's Environmental Choice
guidelines require independent third party verification of all
claims for recycled and post-consumer content. In the United States
we have no such provision. Noranda Forest's newsletter
Portfolio for March/April 1994 lists this and five
other recycling concepts as defined by the Canadian Environmental
Choice and U.S. EPA programs. Noranda Forest is represented in the
U.S. by Fraser Paper, Ltd., of Stamford, CT (800/920-9988).
- President Clinton's executive order of last October, mandating
the use of recycled paper in the executive branch, is being
implemented. Since it specifically eliminates "non-performance"
related procurement barriers such as brightness, the Government
Printing Office bought a 100% recycled photocopy paper on its
quarterly paper contract beginning January 1994. This paper is
greyish tan. The GPO says it saved a lot of money on it. The color
is as dark as the background on the 1-cent and 3-cent postage
stamps, the ones with birds on them. According to Pantone Color
Formula Guide 747XR, it falls between Warm Gray 1U and Cool Gray 1U.