2008 - [Sustainable Concepts] Toilet Paper and the Enertia House
2008, vol. 61
Welcome to the April 2008 newsletter from Design
Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this month's
Quote of the Month: "The nation that destroys
its soil destroys itself."
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
Lisa A. Swan
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
Article & Picture © enertia.com.
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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