Category: Pulp & paper

Are recyclers really saving the trees?

Read the full story at Waste360.

Whether you’re a veteran or a new convert it’s likely that the beneficial outcomes motivated you to recycle. You may have discovered that recycling a specific material saves millions of gallons of water. Maybe you were surprised to learn that it could conserve enough fuel to fire up all your neighborhood’s propane grills for the next century.

For the past thirty years, we’ve been told by the paper and paperboard industry that by recycling 2,000 pounds of newsprint we could save 17 trees. That figure varies slightly depending on the type of paper produced, but the idea remains the same. According to the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) the United States now recovers 67% of all paper and paperboard produced. Apparently, the messaging was successful. Who doesn’t want to save trees? After all, we’re the only ones who can prevent forest fires, right? Well, maybe not.

Webinar: The Path to Sustainable Forestry

June 3, 2021, noon-1 pm CDT
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The forest industry is embracing more sustainable practices that protect people, biodiversity and our climate – and many companies have set goals to source from more sustainable forests. The challenge? Only 20% of the world’s working forests are currently certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®). This webcast will cover the importance of sustainable forestry and how companies across the pulp and lumber industries are using their influence to increase the demand and supply of FSC-certified forest products.

Among the topics

  • How to achieve sustainability goals when issues of supply are outside of your direct control
  • Best practices for communicating the importance of certification schemes to suppliers
  • Tips for educating and inspiring consumers to choose responsibly sourced items
  • How to meaningfully contribute to NGO partnerships and collaborations that can drive continued progress


  • Heather Clancy, Vice President & Editorial Director, GreenBiz Group


  • Lois Forde-Kohler, Family Care Sustainability Director, Procter & Gamble
  • Ron Jarvis, Chief Sustainability Officer, The Home Depot
  • Chris McLaren, Chief Marketing & Market Development Officer, Forest Stewardship Council US

The Issue with Tissue: How the Tree-to-Toilet Pipeline Fuels Our CLimate Crisis

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The Issue With Tissue 2.0 updates the 2019 report to incorporate new scientific information and changes in the tissue market. It includes breakthrough findings regarding climate, biodiversity, and the health of Canada’s boreal forest, all of which further underscore the need for tissue companies to act with urgency. The reissued scorecard also integrates new brands, new data, and an updated methodology that reflects new dynamics in the tissue supply chain.

Coronavirus causing huge difficulty for the recovered paper sector, says Recycling Association

Read the full story in Envirotec.

The coronavirus outbreak is hitting the vulnerable recovered paper sector hard according to The Recycling Association. Over the past few years, the international market for recovered fibre has received a number of blows and this has proved challenging for the UK in particular.

Utah’s new paper mill could change the future of local recycling

Read the full story in the Deseret News.

In the last five years, the use of cardboard has grown by 40% due to the booming e-commerce industry. A paper production company, Crossroads Paper, is looking to change the way Utahns recycle their cardboard.

Crossroads Paper has plans to construct a recycled-paper mill in Utah, expected to open in early 2022, the company announced Wednesday afternoon at the Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City.

Why choosing recycled paper is more important than ever

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

In observance of Arbor Day in the Canadian province of Ontario, Rolland speaks to why it’s more important than ever to partner together for solutions to prevent landfilling and move toward a closed-loop future.

Webinar: Is Paper and Pulp Recycling the Solution to Our Single Use Package Problem?

Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 2-3pm ET
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The world is struggling with waste management and pollution, and becoming more aware of the cost of single-use, disposable products. But, what are the alternatives to low cost plastic materials? Paper produced from wood pulp is one of the most important materials in society. It not only promotes using land as forests but also provides critical services like containers, tissue and towels, printed materials, and many other applications.

Join Richard Venditti, Professor in the Department of Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University, for a special free interactive broadcast for Chemists Celebrate Earth Week as he demonstrates the potential of paper and pulp recycling as the renewable, biodegradable, and environmentally compatible solution that society desires.

What You Will Learn

  • General overview of the production of pulp and paper highlighting environmentally effective green chemistry presently used
  • Why paper is the most recyclable material on earth and the science of paper recycling
  • Examples of innovative applications of green chemistry and processes in pulp and paper

Recycle British Columbia’s Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging and Paper: An Assessment of Its Impact

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Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is a mandated form of product stewardship under which producers are responsible for the post-consumer recovery and recycling of a product. Theoretically, an EPR program shifts the cost of residential recycling from taxpayers to product manufacturers. In response, advocates believe manufacturers would create more easily recyclable and less toxic packages and products.

In the United States, most EPR laws cover products that are hard to recycle or have hazardous constituents or both. However, interest exists to extend EPR to traditional residential curbside recyclables such as packages and paper products. Much of this interest is prompted by current negative market conditions for many of these recyclables and the existence of a program in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

This white paper looks at how EPR for packaging and paper products works in practice and focuses on the experience in British Columbia. Packaging and paper
products are the most diverse of all products potentially subject to EPR laws. The number of manufacturers and retailers, the types of products in the marketplace, the multi-material nature of many of those products, the supply chain with differing distribution channels and the evolving impact of e-commerce all create a particularly challenging form of EPR. What appears to be a relatively simple concept is highly complex in its execution.

Artist repurposes vintage books as exquisite paper cups & bowls

Read the full story at Treehugger. Geeky me loves that many of the designs featured in the article are made from old Spiderman comic books.

Artists and designers are finding innovative ways to repurpose old books that may no longer be relevant reading material today. So far, we’ve seen books transformed into lampssculptures and even full-room art installations cut entirely from vintage books. Now add tableware to the list of possibilities — Swedish artist Cecilia Levy creates exquisite paper plates, bowls and natural forms using small pieces of paper taken from comic books and vintage volumes.

Paper cup and saucer made from repurposed Spiderman comic books by artist Cecilia Levy.

©Cecilia Levy



Green Bay Packaging Launches 100% Recycled Paper Plant Using Mixed Papers

Read the full story at Waste360.

Green Bay Packaging is launching a paper mill in Wisconsin that will use 100 percent recycled fiber, add mixed paper and double the capacity of its existing old corrugated paper containers (OCC) plant.

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