What is Chlorine Free Paper?
Chlorine Free Paper comes in two types: Totaly Chlorine
Free (TCF) and Processed Chlorine Free (PCF). Totally Chlorine Free (TCF)
paper has not been exposed to any forms of chlorine during the bleaching
stages. The source of the pulp is virgin timber. Processed Chlorine Free
(PCF) paper, occasionally referred to as Secondarily Chlorine Free (SCF)
paper, is made from recycled fiber that has not been rebleached with any
chlorine based bleach. TCF and PCF papers have NOT been bleached with
chlorine gas, chlorine dioxide or any other bleaching agent that contains
a chlorine compound during their production. Oxygen, ozone and hydrogen
peroxide are some bleaching alternatives to chlorine and chlorine based
compounds. TCF and PCF should not be confused with the deceptively named
Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF). Although the name suggests otherwise, ECF
paper is bleached with chlorine compounds, still producing dioxin. It
does not use chlorine in its elemental form (chlorine gas), hence the
name Elemental Chlorine Free.
Why Buy Chlorine Free Paper?
White paper bleached with Chlorine and Chlorine Dioxide
emits dioxin and other organochlorides into air and water. These toxins
get into the food chain and accumulate in the fat cells of animals. Through
consumption, dioxin moves up the food chain and reaches its highest concentration
in the animals which are at the top of the food chain. Humans occupy one
of these slots. Once in our bodies, dioxin helps cause "diabetes,
endometriosis, immune system suppression, infertility and cancer"(Lois
Marie Gibbs, Dying From Dioxin South End Press, Boston, 1995, p143). See
our chlorine links for
more information about dioxin.
Since government regulation has failed to prevent companies from using
Chlorine Dioxide (ECF) [read a comparison between TCF
and ECF processes] in the paper making process, [see EPA's Cluster
Rules] the only way our government can persuade the pulp and paper
industry to produce chlorine free paper is if federal, state and local
government agencies vote with their dollars and decide to buy chlorine
Unfortunately, convincing any government agency to buy environmentally
safe paper, that may cost more than regular paper, requires more than
simply explaining the environmental benefits of Totally Chlorine Free
(TCF) or Processed Chlorine Free (PCF) paper. Therefore, the burden of
a toxic free environment falls on the shoulders of concerned citizens
to petition their state or local, government to MANDATE THE PURCHASE OF
CHLORINE FREE PAPER! How can YOU help? Easy.
- If you are interested in buying chlorine-free
and recycled paper for your organization at a reduced price, join our
DC area buying club! Contact: Joyce Schelling (207) 262-5585: firstname.lastname@example.org
See the latest DC Chlorine Free Buying Club Update.
- Learn what your State's
Procurement Policies on chlorine free paper are.
- If you are serious about chlorine free paper,
there are many brands of TCF or PCF Papers to choose from. Here's a
of suppliers. So pick one and buy it!
- Use this sample
letter to petition your local or state government to use chlorine
- Learn more about chlorine and environmental and
health effects with our chlorine