UMW Green Team’s Letter Writing Campaign
UMW Green Team's Letter Writing Campaign
Processed Chlorine-Free (PCF) Paper
United Methodist Women's Green Team calls on all United Methodist women to participate in a letter-writing campaign that calls on Wausau-Mosinee Corporation (a paper mill) and YUM! Brands, Inc. (a restaurant supplier) to produce, carry and/or use PCF third party certified paper.
The Women's Division has carried out a serious of campaigns calling for PCF paper with Kinko's and Staples over the past two quadrennia. Kinko's makes a practice of stocking their copy machines with PCF paper as well as stocking them on their shelves. We have since added Office Depot, Office Max and Corporate Express to the list of companies to send such letters. We continue to work with these companies.
The Green Team is now calling on United Methodist Women to add two more companies in this campaign to put pressure on a paper mill and a restaurant company, both of whom relate to paper production and supplying. This is a move toward expanding the sphere of influence on environmentally sound paper production and purchasing.
Wausau-Mosinee Paper Corporation:
With more than 100 years of experience, Wausau-Mosinee Paper Corporation is one of the industry's leading producers of fine printing and writing, specialty products and towel and tissue papers.
Yum! Brands, Inc.:
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, is the world's largest restaurant company in terms of system restaurants with over 34,000 restaurants in over 100 countries. Restaurants use an enormous amount of paper products. Several years ago, United Methodist Women joined the entire United Methodist Church in its boycott of Taco Bell (a subsidiary company of Yum! Brands, Inc.), pertaining to wage concerns, and it responded positively by raising the price of tomatoes per pound to benefit the farm workers who pick them.
Did you know that paper is usually bleached with CHLORINE?
What does chlorine do in the process? Chlorine-bleaching produces a toxin, called DIOXIN, into the air, waterways, soil - which then enters our bodies. It is harmful to the environment and
to human health, not just near paper mills but anywhere in the globe and can cause:
- Breast cancer
- Miscarriages & birth defects
- Impaired child development
- Respiratory diseases
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT
- Buy Chlorine-Free paper
- Use alternatives to chlorinated products that do not produce dioxin
- Look for chlorine free label on paper products, either PCF or TCF
- It's a bit more expensive, but that's your investment in your health and your children's health
- Avoid buying products with terms like "vinyl", "PVC", "ballistic look"
- Recycle paper, plastics and metals for less dioxin produced at the incinerator
WHAT ABOUT USE OF WATER? Bleaching paper with chlorine uses 20 times more WATER than using a chlorine-free alternative: It takes 10.15 gallons of H2O to produce a 6 ½ oz. booklet with chlorine; using a chlorine-free alternative uses less than a half gallon per booklet.
CAN WE GET WHITE PAPER
- Oxygen bleaching
- hydrogen peroxide
Scriptural Basis: Isaiah 65:17-18
For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy and its people as a delight.
Policy Base: 2004 Book of Resolutions of the United Methodist Church
Steps toward a Dioxin-Free Future, p. 75-77
Environmental Justice for a Sustainable Future, p. 83-89
Contact Person: Sung-ok Lee, Women's Division, Office of Community Action, SLee@gbgm-umc.org; 212-870-3766, 475 Riverside Dr. Room 1502, New York, NY10115.