Letter: Paper industry can do better

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Sir: Richard D North has hit the nail on the head sideways. He is being disingenuous if he thinks "industry does what its customers want" is more than, at best, a partial truth.

Consumers choose finished products, but do not have a say in the details of their manufacture. The environmental and social costs of making a product are hidden from public view.

Until Greenpeace spotlighted the practice, how many consumers of a certain brand of digestive biscuits were aware that manufacturing them relied on the use of unsustainably harvested fish oil?

Greenpeace must continue to put the spotlight on industry to make sure that proper environmental and social auditing is carried out at every stage of the manufacturing process.

T D HOLT-WILSON

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