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Questions tagged [paper]

Material, usually derived from wood and produced into thin sheets. Sustainability of using paper: possible recycling methods or ways to minimize paper waste.

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Paper plates vs plastic plates in the landfill

I avoid using disposable plates as much as possible, but there are situations where that's not an option, such as at company events. And in those situations, I'm sometimes faced with deciding between ...
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How do I setup a relevant waste biodegradation experiment?

Every here and there I hear sayings like "plastic is bad, because it only degrades in hundreds/thousands/gazillion years, while paper is much better because it degrades fast" which are followed by ...
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Can I recycle waxy cardboard (in Greater Vancouver)?

Does anyone know what to do with these containers? Even though some of them are labelled "#3 Please recycle this container" I'm quite sure they can't be put with mixed paper or cardboard recycling ...
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Is going paperless really that much better for the environment [duplicate]

Say you want to read some document, like an newspaper article, If you read it online you still have to power a screen, which is powered by a computer or mobile device, which these days are becoming ...
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Do totally Chlorine free (TCF) toilet papers exist?

Many online resources suggest that processed Chlorine free (PCF) and TCF toilet papers are more environmentally friendly than elemental Chlorine free (ECF) toilet papers. Although I can find a lot of ...
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Is there any link between deforestation and paper use?

Or to phrase it differently: Are we, by using paper, causing any change in an overall forests area. My guess is that none of paper we use comes from deforested land. That paper industry is ...
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Environmental impact of using paper towels for hand drying

At work, I have noticed a staggering level of paper towel usage and it's disheartening to see it getting wasted, even though hand dryers are installed in all rest rooms. I plan to propose reducing the ...
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Do I need to remove sellotape to recycle Christmas wrapping paper?

If sellotape or plastic stickytape is left on wrapping paper when I recycle it, does it matter? (or how much does it matter?) What happens to it during the recycling process? Let's assume I ...
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What commercially printed paper is safe to compost?

I like adding carbon to the scraps I compost by mixing in some shredded newspaper and Yellow/White Pages books (bot not glossy magazines). What should I check for to make sure I am not adding ...
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What is the environmental impact of toilet paper processed at a water treatment plant?

After toilet paper is flushed down a toilet and it goes to a water treatment plant, what happens next? Does it decompose, if so what gasses are released? Is the carbon sequestered in any significant ...
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What alternatives there are to recycling paper?

My parents live in a small place where paper is not recycled. They don't even separate the paper from the rest of the residues. I can't carry their paper away to recycle it when I visit them so I was ...
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Composting used white shredded paper

I happen to have a lot of white used paper (with black ink on it, either from a printer or a pen), and also a very wet compost bin (I guess it's because my soil is heavy clay and the drainage is quite ...
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Why is hybrid packaging so frequently used to package bread?

With hybrid packaging I refer to the combined packaging of plastic and paper. They are often offered by supermarkets for consumers to put inside fresh bread and buns. The reasons I can imagine for ...
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How do word processing on a laptop and writing with pen and paper stack up sustainability-wise?

I suddenly had to write a packing list for a trip I'm going to make (a really sustainable one), scribbling it off the top of my head while it was on my mind. I had the choice of writing the list with ...
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How much of paper gets recycled?

I am a grad student who can't stand reading pdfs on a laptop. Combined with my minor ADD, I always end up on reddit or stackexchange websites wasting time. Also, when I present my research to my ...
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How to dispose of coated paper take-out container

I have a paper-based take-out container from a restaurant take-home meal: The inside is lined with some waterproof coating. I can't tell if it is wax or plastic. "Please recycle this container", it ...
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In general, is cardboard with a plastic coating acceptable for recycling?

Many children's toys and other items come with a box or package made of cardboard with a thin plastic coating. How does this affect the recycling process? Can paper recycling facilities generally ...
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Recycling paper at home

What are, in your opinion or according to your direct experience, the easiest and most convenient way to recycle and re-use paper at home?
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Is butcher's paper typically waxed, oiled, or plastic coated?

Butcher's paper was suggested to me as a sustainable material for storing food in the freezer. However, I found this site that suggests it is sometimes oiled or waxed. Perhaps it coated in plastic ...
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Composting paper versus recycling it, which one is more environment friendly?

As the title suggests, the question boils down to which one is more environment friendly? I started composting few weeks back. After reading about composting on various internet resources, I tried ...
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Which paperboard/wood is not healthy for cooking barbecue? [closed]

In Argentina on weekends we cook barbecue with fire generated with woods and paperboard. We don't use gas like in the USA. I know there are some things that cause cancer and other illness like OSB ...
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Alternative to paper towels for draining fried food?

When frying food, what's a good alternative to paper towels for soaking up/draining excess oil?
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Tissues or cloth to clean a baby - what's more sustainable?

We have a baby and use tissues often to wipe him after feeding, cleaning his nose etc. The alternative would be to use cloth and wash it on a regular basis. My gut feeling is that cloth is more ...
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Is the cardboard from a firework box recyclable?

Firework boxes seem to have a thin layer of metal foil on the outside, presumable to assist in fireproofing. Does this mean they can't be easily recycled? There are probably some differences in ...
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Is lower grammage paper with same thickness indeed greener?

I've seen a couple of offers of very white office papers that are claimed to have the same usability but slightly lower grammage (grams per square meter). One example is UPM Kymmene Yes Paper - they ...
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When recycling paper or cardboard, what level of contamination with (food) oils is ok?

It's widespread knowledge that paper or cardboard contaminated with oil can cause problems in the recycling process, and an often stated rule is that contaminated material should not be recycled. ...
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Is “100 percent recycled super white paper” greener than paper made of trees?

I've got used to the idea that very white office paper (usable for office printing for example) is always made of cropped trees while paper made of recycled materials is always grayish and so is not ...
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How to recycle paper with ink on it?

In my work and study, I have a lot of printouts - many of which re drafts and redrafts. Is there are a way to recycle printed paper (standard printer paper) without using harsh chemicals and minimal ...
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Why are unbleached paper products like napkins so expensive and hard to find?

Unbleached paper is reported to be better for the environment, but my local supermarket doesn't carry unbleached paper products at all, and while I can find them at a store like Whole Foods, they tend ...
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Are pizza cardboards stained with oil still recyclable?

I was told some months ago that paper and cardboard recycling processes need clean raw material. In particular, paper stained with oil may be inappropriate to recycle, and should rather be thrown away....
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Reading on paper vs. screen

I was wondering if there are any numbers comparing the sustainability of reading conventional paper vs. reading on screens. Standard LCD screens emit light while you are reading. Power consumption ...
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Is it better to recycle or compost brown paper bags?

When you go to the grocery store, you may get brown paper bags. These can be readily recycled, however, they could also be composted. I would think that recycling requires energy, whereas composting ...
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Which kind of paper should be recycled and which should be burned?

Paper has a relatively short life-cycle (compared to natural gas or crude oil) and belongs to sustainable materials. Paper can be nicely recycled by: reusing making notes on the other side of one-...
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Alternative to Toilet Paper?

Are there any sustainable alternatives for toilet paper? This could either be done by recycled paper (if such exists), but perhaps some other creative solution could be interesting.