Friday, September 12, 2008

The paper towel dilemma

I was asked to order paper towels for the lab. The only condition is that they need to be chlorine bleached. Since I am determined to set up a green lab, I went searching for an Eco-friendly or recycled paper towels that are chlorine bleached. The problem with this request is that there seems to be no such thing. If you want the paper towels to be made environmentally friendly, then you would not use the chlorine bleaching method, since it is very non-Eco-friendly.
OK, but can't there be a compromise? Can't someone make paper towels by using recycled paper and then chlorine bleach them? It doesn't really make entire sense, but it would still be better than using virgin trees to make the towels.

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