Paper Trails: From Trees to Trash, the True Cost of Paper

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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 business, 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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherVirgin Books Random House
Number of pages244
ISBN (Print)9780753513293
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2008


  • paper
  • forests
  • pulp
  • human rights
  • climate change
  • consumption
  • waste
  • travel


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