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REI Sustainability Report: Sales Up 8%, CO2 Down 7%

REI Sustainability Report: Sales Up 8%, CO2 Down 7%

REI cut its absolute carbon emissions by 7.6 percent last year – to 111,982 tons, from 121,201 in 2011– even as it grew sales by 7.4 percent, according to the company’s 2012 stewardship report. Operational CO2 was down 7 percent, from 78,397 tons to 72,917. The $1.9 billion outdoor goods … Read more »

Avery Dennison Sets Paper Policy, But No Deadlines

Avery Dennison has published a company-wide responsible paper procurement policy that the company says encourages sustainable paper sourcing and procurement — but it doesn’t set any target deadlines or percentages. The policy says the labeling and packaging materials company will procure paper products made only from non-controversial sources of virgin wood … Read more »

Google is Greenwashing, Paper Industry Claims

A paper industry-led campaign has accused Google of greenwashing and federal trade violations, and urged it to reconsider a campaign urging businesses to “go paperless.” Two Sides sent an open letter to Google chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt warning that by promoting its Go Paperless in 2013 campaign, Google is trying … Read more »

Disney to Drop Paper from Endangered Sources; Shuns Asia Pulp & Paper

Disney has announced it will be eliminating paper connected to the destruction of endangered forests and animals from its operations and licensees, while maximizing recycled content and fiber sourced from Forest Stewardship Council-certified forestry operations. The company’s new policy calls for the elimination of paper products from illegally harvested woods; … Read more »

AF&PA Sustainability Report: US Paper Recycling Jumps 5.3%

AF&PA Sustainability Report: US Paper Recycling Jumps 5.3%

The amount of paper consumed in the United States in 2011 that was subsequently recovered and recycled increased 5.3 percent between 2009 and 2011, according to the American Forest & Paper Association’s 2012 sustainability report. In 2011, 66.8 percent of all paper consumed in the US was recovered for recycling, according … Read more »

Paper Industry Convinced Companies to Ax Environmental Claims; Now Targeting US Firms

Print and paper trade group Two Sides says it has convinced UK companies British Telecom, Barclaycard, Vodafone and EON Energy, among others, to withdraw their environmental claims about print and paper. Now the organization, whose 60 members include Eastman Kodak Company, Boise Inc. and Midland Paper, Packaging + Supplies, is … Read more »

A Papermaker’s Perspective on Sustainable Forestry

There is not a single matter related to papermaking that touches each of us as personally and emotionally as forestry. Simply put, people love trees. Some people envision responsible paper manufacturer as engaging in deforestation but, in fact, our suppliers are harvesting sustainability with a keen vigilance about promoting the … Read more »

WellPoint and Xerox Managed Print Services Cut GHGs 60%, Expect $3m a Year in Savings

Health benefits company WellPoint has teamed up with Xerox to develop a sustainable document strategy via the consolidation of its printing equipment and monitoring of its printing habits. The program’s four aims are to reduce waste, enhance recycling efforts, minimize creation of greenhouse gases and create an energy-efficient work environment. Xerox … Read more »

Xerox, Danone Drop Asia Pulp & Paper after Greenpeace Pressure

Danone and Xerox are among a list of companies that have pledged to suspend purchases from Asia Pulp & Paper following a Greenpeace exposé on the paper company’s practices. Last month, Greenpeace released the results of a year-long investigation into APP, the world’s third largest pulp and paper producer, claiming that … Read more »

HP Lightweight Paper Targets 22% Raw Material Reduction

Hewlett-Packard is introducing a lightweight paper designed to reduce the environmental impact of printing and paper storage by up to 22 percent. HP Paper Thin will weigh 60 grams per square meter, 15 grams lighter than everyday paper, Business Green reports, resulting in a 22 percent reduction in raw material … Read more »

SCA Sustainability Goals: 5 TWh Wind by 2020, Tripling of Biofuel Production

SCA, the world’s third-largest paper company, is aiming to produce 5 TWh of windpower on its forest land by 2020, according to the firm’s latest set of sustainability goals. Other goals include tripling SCA’s production of biofuels by 2020. The company did not state a baseline against which this increased … Read more »

Cardinal Health Shrinks Packaging By Folding Gloves

Cardinal Health says it has made its surgical glove packaging at least 30 percent smaller than competitors’ tall packaging configurations, and used at least 15 percent less cardboard, by folding the gloves in half. The Triflex powdered surgical gloves and Protexis powder-free surgical gloves are the industry’s only half-folded format, … Read more »