Paper bleaching blunders

| August 04th, 2009 | No comments

In traditional paper production, pulp is bleached with chlorine to achieve the bright white colour we’re used to. Unfortunately, the release of waste bleach water is the most serious environmental problem in the pulp and paper industry. To avoid the bleach, look for paper that is processed chlorine free (PCF) or totally chorine free (TCF). These papers are whitened with oxygen-based compounds, rather than chlorine compounds. Another alternative is elemental chlorine-free (ECF) paper, which is produced with a chlorine derivative, but without the more harmful elemental chlorine.

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