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April 2008 - [Sustainable Concepts] Toilet Paper and the Enertia House
Sustainable Concepts )
Design Forward Newsletter April 2008, vol. 61
in this issue
  • The Enertia House
  • Flushing the world's forests down the toilet
  • Feedback


    Welcome to the April 2008 newsletter from Design Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.

    Quote of the Month: "The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself."
    -Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Lisa A. Swan

    The Enertia House

    In the Enertia® Building System, solid Energy-Engineered(tm) wood walls replace siding, framing, insulation, and paneling. An air flow and access channel, or Envelope, runs around the building, just inside the walls - creating a miniature biosphere. Here solar heated air circulates, pumping and boosting geothermal energy from beneath the house, storing it in the massive wood walls. Thermal inertia causes the house to "float" between the cycles of night and day, and even between the seasons.

    Many aspects of the Enertia® House are unusual and innovative - but backed up by science, common-sense, and prototype homes across America. In fact, each aspect listed below increases the energy efficiency of the building. The effect is Synergistic - equal to more than the sum of the parts. The Enertia® House can make more energy than it uses!

    Article & Picture © enertia.com.

    Flushing the world's forests down the toilet

    Toilet paper, that ubiquitous and apparently indispensable component of modern life, is often manufactured by cutting down the world's forests. In Canada, clear-cut logging claims half a million acres of Ontario and Alberta's boreal forests each year with much of the destruction earmarked for virgin paper tissue products. Similar activity is taking place in the Southeastern U.S. Recently, Greenpeace and the Natural Resources Defense Council have started campaigns to educate the public on the environmental impacts of using these kinds of products.

    The good news is that all of this industrial pressure for tissue products can be avoided simply by using recycled paper toilet tissue. In fact, if every household in the U.S. replaced just 1 roll of virgin toilet paper with just 1 recycled roll 424,000 trees would be saved!

    Article & Picture © GreenLine Paper


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