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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9780753516317
  • Imprint: Virgin Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

Paper Trails

From Trees to Trash - The True Cost of Paper

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From the medical sheets in maternity wards to our death certificates, paper charts the course of our lives. Paradoxically, it spreads ideas and learning as well as thousands of tons of junk mail, yet our dependence on this material is damaging our planet and creating mountains of unnecessary waste.
Mandy Haggith explores our society's obsession with paper, from its invention in China 2000 years ago to the millions of tonnes we now use every year. Following the paper trail around the world, Mandy discovers the human stories of those affected by the industry, from a Russian ecologist, a Finnish logger and Indonesian tribal leaders, to a Canadian publisher and a Vietnamese paper technologist.
In the process, she uncovers the paper industry's dirtiest secrets and sets out simple, practical steps we can take to minimise our own personal use of 20 tonnes of paper over our lifetime.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9780753516317
  • Imprint: Virgin Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the Author

Mandy Haggith

Mandy Haggith is a freelance writer, researcher and activist. She has spent the past decade campaigning for the world's forests, including lobbying at the United Nations, working as a consultant for Greenpeace and WWF and writing articles for Pulp and Paper International and Resurgence magazine. She lives in Lochinver, Scotland

Praise for Paper Trails

“What is revealed is the extent to which the global industry has done a slick cover-up job”

The Times

“Tracks the devastation left behind by the production of the 12.5 million tons of paper gobbled up by the UK every year”


“Compelling and terrifying”

Lucy Siegle, Observer

“Engaging ... Read this - but then recycle it please”

Evening Standard

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