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The U.S. paper industry's reliance on chlorine-intensive bleaching is a very significant part of the water pollution problem we face in our country. This industry may be the worst water polluter in the world. Pulp and paper mills are among most polluting of factories. Despite claims of the American Forest and Paper Association and the industry, chlorine is not necessary in paper production.
One of the greatest roles that real recycled paper can have is to reduce pollution in the production of paper. A reduction in water pollution by 35% or more is possible and it can eliminate many of the high-end toxic pollutants. Absolutely no chlorine, which is the major culprit in water pollution caused by the making of paper, is needed to make recycled paper. The use of milder chlorine derivatives by several recycled paper manufacturers is a step towards less polluting production techniques. Recent interest in recycled paper and especially an awareness of paper production pollution is leading to better and cleaner manufacturing methods by paper companies.
Reprinted with Permission from Rick Meis of Woodelf, Inc
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