The Boreal Forest

Super-soft toilet paper flushing Canada’s boreal forest down the toilet: critics

Canwest News Service - Many Canadians believe that when it comes to their behinds, only the softest and strongest toilet paper will do.

But some environmentalists are raising a stink that the public’s determination to use the fluffiest and most comfortable bathroom tissue is contributing to climate change by literally flushing some of Canada’s most pristine and ancient forests down the toilet.

The vast majority of bathroom tissue is made from virgin wood fibre, meaning that new trees are cut down to produce the millions of rolls of toilet paper, says John Bennett, executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada.

According to Bennett, the biggest source of trees used for the production of toilet paper is Canada’s boreal forest — often called an environmental wonder because of its vastness and ability to naturally capture global-temperature-raising carbon dioxide.

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Sierra Club Congratulates Baird and Strahl on Landmark Conservation Announcement

Ottawa – Sierra Club of Canada today congratulated John Baird, federal Minister of the Environment and Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development on their landmark conservation announcement  for Canada’s north.

“Today’s announcement is without question a huge accomplishment for nature conservation in the Northwest Territories,” said Stephen Hazell, Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada.


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