Vicki Hill, The Independent, Thursday, 10 July 2008
Amazing! I think this woman is doing a fantastic job of highlighting and ‘making real’ the amount of paper we get through during a year. A very inspiring story and one that I hope will bring about significant change to the people who visit her display.
Some of the statistics at the end of the article are shocking; such as the amount of people who do not read their junk mail (although the advertisers still think it is worth sending us all this stuff)
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First came two great bales of flattened cardboard then a tower of 1,500 catalogues, magazines, reports and printouts, topped off with a tumble of 120 toilet rolls, two bin bags full of junk mail and a thick layer of brown paper bags. Finally, Mandy Haggith tipped hundreds of receipts and bus tickets over the 5ft heap. Then she stood back and waited.
Villagers trickled into the hall one by one, smiles at the spectacle quickly fading as they realised that Mandy’s mountain represented the 250kg of paper they, personally, had thrown away over the last year. Much of it barely used, most of it made by sending an ancient tree from the most threatened areas of the world crashing to the forest floor. Read more
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