Home Page Search this site Campaigns Publications About Technical Reach for Unbleached! Pulp & Paper About Reach! Contact Us LinksReach for Unbleached! works for a sustainable pulp and paper industry,by making mills clean up and by promoting clean paper.Reach for Unbleached! empowers people to change the technology bywhich paper is manufactured, through consumer education and the useof accurate scientific information. We believe that people will choose tochange from polluting to non-polluting products, if they are givenpractical information on which to act, and shown accessible avenues forthat action.We believe that this action by citizens is the best hope, and maybe theonly hope, for a speedy end to toxic contamination of our watersheds.Reach for Unbleached! is a national foundation, and a Canadianregistered charity. HistoryReach for Unbleached! started in 1991 in response to dioxincontamination of shellfish beds by pulp mills bleaching with chlorinecompounds. Along with consumer education in Canada, we immediately
focused on networking with American environmental organizations,because the American market is crucial to Canadian pulp mills.By 1993 Reach for Unbleached! had encouraged the formation of Reachfor Unbleached! campaigns in Washington and Oregon, and promotednumerous displays and events in Canada. Some of our other notableaccomplishments:MillWatch workshops: During 1996, workshops on mill monitoring,with representations from government, industry, workers, and FirstNations, were held in ten towns across BC. The workshops were fundedby the Bullitt and Brainerd Foundations and Environment Canada, withcontributions from participating mills in all towns. The resultinginformation was published as the Citizens Handbook on Pulp MillMonitoring in January 1997.Tissue Issue campaign: A two year effort to promote the use ofhousehold and institutional tissues made from recycled fibre withoutsecondary chlorine bleaching which led to the re-introduction of achlorine-free and recycled toilet paper in mainstream stores in BritishColumbia, Canada.Bulk Paper Buying Club: A partnership with Paper Choice, a smallbusiness, to lower the cost of recycled chlorine-free office paper andprove that a viable market exists for more eco-friendly paper. Orderdeadlines are Feb 28, May 31, Aug 31, & Nov 15.Zero Discharge: Technological Progress Towards Eliminating KraftPulp Mill Liquid Effluent, Minimising Remaining Waste Streams andAdvancing Worker Safety , an extensive scientific and technicalliterature review assessing the best technology available for sustainablekraft pulp production, published in 1998.Pollution Prevention Report Card: a flow chart of pollutionprevention technology and steps for kraft and other pulp and paper mills,now in pilot stage for community use.
MillWatch is our bimonthly newsletter with news and views for all thoseinterested in clean pulp and paper production.The Pulp Pollution Primer, published in October 1999, explains thebasics of pulp pollution, our vision for a cleaner future and exploresways to get there. The Primer is also available in pdf format.The Pulp Info Centre We maintain a searchable database of scientificand technical articles relating to pulp pollution and solutions whichhelps us answer over a hundred information requests a month. Find outwhat resources exist to answer tough questions.The Reach for Unbleached! Web Page receives over 30,000 hits amonth. Our Lead StaffDelores Broten, Senior Policy AdvisorDelores works on toxics issues nationally. She is founder and pastExecutive Director of this organization, and has served on numerousboards including the Georgia Strait Alliance, and BC EnvironmentalNetwork Educational Foundation and is currently on the Board of LEAS(Labour Enviro Alliance Society). She is also volunteer editor of thehighly respected Watershed Sentinel, a bimonthly environmental newsmagazine with a circulation of 3,000.Jay Ritchlin, Program Director (and Pollution Prevention Researcher)Jay worked on the 1997 Natural Resources Council of Maines campaignto ban the use of chlorine compounds in pulp bleaching. He is the co-author of the 1998 report, Zero Discharge: Technological ProgressTowards Eliminating Kraft Pulp Mill Liquid Effluent, MinimisingRemaining Waste Streams and Advancing Worker Safety and has a wideknowledge of current technical developments. Jay has works with millmanagement, workers, communities and scientists to create awarenessand reduce pollution.
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