As booksellers prepare for an orgy of buying with the release of the newest Harry Potter novel, environmental groups in the US are urging consumers to buy Canadian. Apparently, the Canadian version (by Raincoast publishing) is printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper; the American version by Scholastic is not, and critics are claiming that the paper used in the American version originates in old-growth forests. Scholastic, of course, denies the allegation, and hints that maybe Raincoast isn’t being completely honest…
I’m all in favor of as much recycled content as possible, but I have to wonder if anyone here really can state with certainty the exact percentage of recycled material in the paper other than the paper manufacturer? This strikes me as “sound and fury…”
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