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Here we have gathered together the major resources we have created over the years in downloadable format. Also here we have our MillWatch archives.


A bi-monthly newsletter on Clean Pulp and Paper Production, featuring news, analysis, resources and contacts. Produced by Reach for Unbleached since October 1995 and published on the internet at and in the Watershed Sentinel, BC's environmental news magazine.

Sample Archived Issue -- Paper for Europe and Beyond:The Common Vision Grows, Consumers Will Spend More for Publications Using Recycled Paper, New Improved Paper Calculator, Chilean Swans

Archives 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995

On Clean Paper

Buying Paper (pdf 386 kb) A “Green” Paper Procurement Policy shows a commitment to social responsibility. This ready-to-print brochure shows the environmental benefits of an Environmentally Preferable paper procurement policy.

The Common Vision for Transforming the Paper Industry was produced in 2002 by the Environmental Paper Network, a coalition of American and Canadian environmental organizations. The Common Vision presents goals for transforming the way in which paper is produced and consumed. (pdf 482 kb)

The full report and the Executive Summary of Following the Paper Trail: Overcoming Market Barriers to Environmentally Preferable Paper (EPP), a study funded by Industry Canada’s Office of Consumer Affairs, conducted by the Reach for Unbleached! Foundation and the Aurora Institute, analyses the office paper industry in Canada. The study looks at the Canadian pulp and paper industry within the context of the global industry, and assesses current production levels and markets for EPPs in Canada, identifies obstacles to further market growth, and makes recommendations for stimulating consumer demand as well as production capacity.

To read more:

MillWatch Special Report or Download the full Report (pdf 364 kb)

Executive Summary English Executive Summary French


Paper Purchasing:Or…Everything you’ve always wanted to ask about purchasing environmentally preferable paper, and are keen to learn. This discussion paper on procurement policy is a Word file (161 kb).

Saving Paper (pdf 356 kb) Save Trees - Save Money! A WIN WIN SCENARIO! Before Reusing and Recycling comes Reducing. Recycling alone does not address the issue of wasteful use. That’s why we need waste prevention and this ready-ro-print brochure can win friends to help.

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On Pulp and Paper Production

The Toxic Story of Federal Regulatory Neglect details barriers to public information on the range and quantities of pollutants, federal and provincial regulation and jurisdiction, toxic substance management programs and emissions data. It demonstrates major inadequacies in government oversight of the pulp and paper industry. It is accompanied by extensive background spreadsheets.spreadsheets.

The Pulp Pollution Primer, published in October 1999, explains the basics of pulp pollution, our vision for a cleaner future and explores ways to get there. The Primer is available in pdf format (384 kb).

Zero Discharge: Technological Progress Towards Eliminating Kraft Pulp Mill Liquid Effluent, Minimising Remaining Waste Streams and Advancing Worker Safety , an extensive scientific and technical literature review assessing the best technology available for sustainable kraft pulp production, published in 1998. (pdf 313 kb)

Making Paper As If The Earth Matters: This illustrated booklet started off as a set of displays for the general public on pulp production, fibres, and clean production. Then it evolved into a tabloid newspaper, and now you can download it as a pdf file here.

For a higher resolution version to make print copies, click here (9 MB).

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On Pollution and Health Impacts

Final Report - Health Risk Assessment of Airborne Dioxin and Furan Emissions at the Elk Falls Pulp Mill, 1994 (PDF, 45 MB, requires Acrobat 6)

Readers should be aware that in 2005 Health Canada lowered the "Tolerable Daily Intake" of dioxin by three quarters.

Clean Air or Foul? Crofton Airshed Citizens Group and Reach for Unbleached present the findings of an international team of air pollution experts with new information on emissions and health impacts from the Crofton Mill. This international peer review team looked at the Jacques Whitford report commissioned by the NorskeCanada Crofton mill, and found it to be lacking in clarity, key baseline information, and credibility. "The Report does not constitute a Baseline Human Health Risk Assessment..."

To read the RWDI independent peer review of the Norske Canada airshed study click here (pdf 825 kb)

Executive Summary only (Word 34 kb)



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