PAPER’S CUTTING EDGE
WHITER THAN WHITE?
Back when computer games consisted of two lines and a dot, environmentalists were getting concerned about the way paper got bleached. Up until then, many paper bleaching processes used elemental chlorine, which was linked to the release of dioxins into waterways near the factories. Dioxins had been identified as persistent, highly toxic, carcinogenic environmental pollutants that can lead to reproductive, developmental, immune and hormonal problems in humans.