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Office Depot please stock your shelves with PCF third party certified paper.









November, 2005




Mr. Steve Sauls,




VP of Corporate Relations




Office Depot









WE would like to request a few minutes of your time to address a critical problem that, with your help, may be greatly diminished. It is a water scarcity problem. The United Nations reports today that two-thirds of the people on Earth dont have adequate access to safe, fresh drinking water. By 2015, half the Earths population wont have access to fresh water. Its not a simple issue of overpopulation; its a complex issue involving a number of factors. The one wed like to address is the ongoing misuse of fresh water by mills bleaching wood pulp for paper with chlorine chemistry. Using chlorine chemistry requires more than 13 ounces of fresh water to produce one sheet of copy paper. If the paper was certified as PCF {Processed Chlorine Free} it requires less than 2 ounces of water.




Another serious problem related to using chlorine to bleach paper is the production of dioxin, a cancer-causing toxin, into the air, waterways and soil, which then enters our bodies. It is harmful to the environment and to human health, causing serious health problems such as breast cancer, miscarriages and birth defects, impaired child development, respiratory diseases and diabetes.









It isour sincerest hope that Office Depot will join the 1 million-member organization of United Methodist Women of the United Methodist Church in working with the Chlorine Free Products Association (CFPA) to bring about measurable change to its paper supply chain. Specifically, we would like to ask Office Depot to stock processed chlorine free paper that is certified by the CFPA in a variety of selections for all sizes of white and colored paper.









We ask that you take a leadership role in ensuring a code of conduct for paper suppliers. It is free to Office Depot, comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and by adopting a third party-auditing screen based on sustainability issues: carbon gas releases, recycling, water and energy, forestry, social corporate and financial responsibility, etc. we all benefit.









We have visited your store looking for PCF paper products and was told by the sales clerk that they do not carry PCF paper but that they could sell me acid free paper. The acid free process is for archival purposes and not an environmental attribute.









We hope you will join us to help protect our children, our families, and fresh water for generations to come by taking a stand on paper choice stock your shelves with PCF third party certified paper.




Sincerely,









Contact: Sung-ok Lee, United Methodist Women Green Team, 475 Riverside Dr. Room 1502, New York, NY 10115, [email protected], 212-870-3766




Archie Beaton, Chlorine Free Products Association, 19 N. Main St. Algonquin, IL 60102 [email protected], 847-658-6104




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