Dear devotees,

Recently this has beenon my mind quite a lot. Hopefully some of you have some feedback.

Srila Prabhupada is very strong on keeping trees alive. Unfortunately most of the paper production is straightly from the cutting of masses of trees. Though a small percentage is also produced from receycled paper (which doesnt go on continuously, because after a few times receycling, the paper quality becomes under standard so then they need new wood pulp), and as well other materials like stone, but still the vast majority of paper production is from wood.

What are your (practical) thoughts on this? How can we stay aloof from this sinful act, and not silently approve with it, by using paper, which has been so much interwoven in western culture.
Of course same applies for anything else from wood.

Thank you

Dhananjaya: But they are

Dhananjaya: But they are saying they used all the wood for paper, so there's no more wood.
Prabhupada: No, no. Paper you can make from grass, from cotton. So many other fibers. You don't require wood. You grow grass, sufficient quantity, and you make paper. Why should you publish so many rubbish literatures? Just like you were telling. The Times of India, the newspaper. (Sound of cars) This is the difficulty, walking on street. Therefore I wanted to go to the park. This is disturbance. So paper, if we don't produce unnecessary paper, there is no scarcity. From grass. You produce grass, huge quantity of grass, you will get paper. Cotton also. First-class paper. In India also, the rejected paper. From rejected paper you can get another paper also. But they throw it away in your country. Collect this rejected paper and again put it into paper. And why should you publish all rubbish literature? Simply publish Bhagavata and Bhagavad-gita, that's all. What is the use of this newspaper, nonsense newspaper, huge, huge quantity? So everything will be nice provided you become ideal. Live in community. Produce your own food. Even you can produce your own paper. You don't require printing of so many books. If there is one book, others can imitate, or copy. There is no need of printing. Formerly they used to do that. Here is the...

One way to limit the use of paper I've adopted is to read ebooks and emags instead of printed versions.

Hari Hari
ys Jan


Thanks for the quote and your suggestion, Jan prabhu!
And I agree, Ebooks are definitely a plus. At the same time it would be great if more alternative ways for producing paper would be applied. Right now, most cutting of trees is being done in en-threatened peaces of nature, like the rain forest. Meanwhile all the newspaper companies mislead us by lying that they don't import their paper from those companies. So there's a lot of corruption going on even when it comes to 'environment friendly' cutting of trees. What to speak of using alternative ways of paper production. Again, like with so many things, people need to be more aware and concerned about the environment. Only when we take a clear voice can we make those demonic multi-nationals stop.

woodfree paper

There's also e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood-free_paper
If you want to write to BBT reps about this issue, please report back.

Hari Hari
ys Jan

Sorry for the late response,

Sorry for the late response, prabhu, and thanks for the link. However 'wood free' paper actually means they cut even more trees to produce that. It's a kind of luxurious paper where they remove the wood pulp, but in order to do that they even need more wood, so it's definitely not an envirenment friendly method. The real solution is to stop wood-based paper production alltogether, and replace it with stone, bamboe, and similar alternative methods. Anyway, it's all the big corporations who's financial interest overshadows the environmental interest, I guess..

About the BBT, you mean in order to suggest alternatives for their book printing? Sure that would be a good idea, although I presume that they already use at least paper which is officially labeled as recycled.

Yes, suggest it. Hari Hari ys

Yes, suggest it.

Hari Hari
ys Jan