Around the web: Bush’s newspaper, toilet paper, green funerals

A roundup of stuff that wouldn’t necessarily make it on the blog, but is worth noting:

• As if Dallas’ Only Newspaper doesn’t have enough problems, it looks like it wasn’t able to deliver ex-President Bush’s newspaper the last couple of weeks, either. Which Laura Bush ended up mentioning on Good Morning America, much to The News’ embarrassment. Apparently, it’s a security mix-up. The News’ delivery person doesn’t have the necessary clearance to get through the police roadblock. But, says News publisher Jim Moroney, all has been fixed, and delivery resumed Wednesday. I wonder: Has the former owner of the Rangers noticed that Morning News staffers don’t cover the team anymore?

• You know that plush, soft, fluffy toilet paper that you love? Looks like it’s an environmental disaster, reports the New York Times. In the U.S., which is the largest market worldwide for toilet paper, tissue from 100 percent recycled fibers makes up less than two percent of sales for at-home use. Most of the fancy, quilted, high-end brands come from paper made from trees, which have to be harvested for that purpose. Says one environmental advocate: “No forest of any kind should be used to make toilet paper.”

• And, as long as we’re on the environment, what’s more green, burial or cremation? Cremation, but it isn’t all that great either, says Canada’s National Post. A 2007 Australian study found that the average cremation produced roughly four times as much CO2 equivalent as a burial, but that was offset by  the long-term fossil fuel costs of lawn-mowing and general grounds upkeep. That gave cremation a 10 percent better environmental footprint.



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