Excerpts from Sandra Steingraber's book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment:

Air pollution not only creates cancer risks directly, but the wind also carries carcinogens from one region of the world to another, depositing them in rain and dust particles which are then absorbed into the food chain. Therefore, we not only breathe air pollution but eat it.

Increases in childhood asthma and the clustering of lung cancers around cities with dirty air are telling us something. Suppose we do nothing until the exact mechanisms are elucidated, until exposures are definitively ascertained, until the precise combination of air pollutants and their specific interactions with each other and with the issues of our respiratory airways are exhaustively understood. Then are we not mimicking those who, at one time, could just as well have claimed that there was not sufficient reason—on the grounds that science had not yet identified any specific biological agent responsible for cholera—to keep human excrement out of the drinking water?

 

Rain Forest Action Network. Their Old Growth Campaign works to preserve the Earth's remaining ancient forests by driving old growth wood products out of the marketplace and by promoting the use of sustainable alternatives.

The Tennessee Tree Massacre. A close-up look at how paper companies are decimating some of the most beautiful native forests in all of North America and at the local folks who are most deeply affected. See pages 17, 18, and 23 to see how International Paper is taking part in this clear-cutting of forests and spraying pesticides on neighboring landowners. (1.2mb pdf file).

Smart Paper Project. Join dozens of campus groups working to transform the practices of the largest US multinational logging companies and forest products distributors. This project is a collaborative effort between students on almost one hundred campuses and the following non-profit organizations: Rainforest Action Network, American Lands Alliance, Free the Planet!, Sierra Student Coalition, and ReThink Paper, among others. International Paper which also owns Champion and Expedex is one of the companies with the worst logging records (see page 15). (244 kb pdf file).

International Paper makes Hammermill, Springhill and Williamsburg papers.

Through your paper choices, you are directly connected to the preservation or the degradation of land, water, air, and the creatures that dwell therein. The recycled and tree-free papers listed here generate fewer toxins and impact the environment far less than typical virgin wood, chlorine-bleached papers.

A recent survey of 2,000 adults by the Natural Marketing Institute found that 88 percent agreed that "it is important for companies to not just be profitable, but to be mindful of their impact on the environment and society." More than 70 percent of those surveyed said that knowing a company is mindful of its impact on the environment and society makes them more likely to buy its products or services.