UK boxes clever when it comes to recycling | Brief letters

Recycling | Judi Dench audiobooks | Glass less than half full | Prince Andrew | Jo Swinson | Boris Johnson

Your article (Deliver us, Journal, 21 November) says the cardboard used to package home-delivered products in the US “costs 1bn trees”. However, forests in Europe are growing by 1,500 football pitches per day. In the UK, we recycle over 80% of the cardboard used in packaging and turn it straight back into new boxes. The boxes used by major online retailers are typically 100% recycled paper. Paper recycling in the UK is a great success story.
Andrew Large
Director general, Confederation of Paper Industries

• Finty Williams, a marvellous reader of audiobooks, does her mother, Judi Dench, a disservice (A word in your ear, Weekend, 16 November). Williams claims “the only audiobook [Dench] ever did she had to leave after the first day, because she couldn’t string two sentences together. It’s about the only thing she can’t do.” On my shelves are several audiobooks read beautifully by Dame Judi.
Oliver Soden

• I’m trying to be an optimist, but the glass in your G2 cover illustration (21 November) is clearly less than half empty – if a glass is wider at the top than the bottom then there’s less in the bottom half than the top half.
Paul Laughlin
Witnesham, Suffolk

• You report (21 November) that the Queen “has given permission for the Duke of York to ‘step back from public duties for the foreseeable future’”. Palace-speak for “he’s grounded”?
Jo Franklin
Diggle, Greater Manchester

• Jo Swinson’s confirmation in her ITV interview that she would launch nuclear weapons proves she knows she will never be prime minister.
Dr John Doherty
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

• Almost daily you publish pictures of Boris Johnson in a classroom, in a hospital, in a factory, on a farm. Doesn’t he go to church on a Sunday?
Anne Rayner
Royston, Hertfordshire

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