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Sappi Sustainability Report: Energy, CO2 Down on 2012

Sappi Sustainability Report: Energy, CO2 Down on 2012

Sappi Group has released its 2013 Sustainability Report. Highlights include: Greenhouse Gases Globally over the past five years, Scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions fell by 12.2 percent and 28.4 percent. Scope 1 and 2 emissions were also down last year versus 2012 (see charts). In Europe, Sappi is aiming … Read more »

Is Legislation to Help with Recycling Efforts Really Necessary?

Recently, two separate state laws were passed to support recycling programs for paint and mattresses.   These types of laws are known generally as extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation, wherein manufacturers are required to pay fees to support recovery and recycling efforts for their products.  To date, the laws have focused … Read more »

The Environmental Impact of Paper in an Ever Expanding Digital World

We all have a need to communicate – to share and consume information.  For marketing and advertising professionals it is no longer a choice of how to spread dollars between print, radio and TV.  The breadth of online options is simply staggering.  Meanwhile, sustainability-minded media buyers are juggling a myriad … 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 »

Environmental Executive Moves: Xanterra, Best Foot Forward, GEI Consultants

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Xanterra Parks & Resorts: The company, which operates lodges, restaurants and other concessions in state and national parks as well as Kingsmill Resort, Windstar Cruises and Grand Canyon Railway, has appointed Catherine Greener (pictured) vice president of sustainability. Prior … Read more »

Woody Harrelson Says Making Paper from Trees Is ‘Barbaric’ — Is It?

In the pulp and paper industry there appears to be a renewed interest in “alternative fibers” for use in paper.  One recent article on this subject included a photo of Woody Harrelson (actor) with a caption that proclaimed “making paper from trees is barbaric.”  With respect to Mr. Harrelson, I … Read more »

A New Eco Certification for Composite Wood Products

If you are a frequent reader of my articles, you may be wondering why I’m writing about composite panels. I follow woodworking news because many of the sustainability issues are similar to those in the pulp and paper industry (e.g. Lacey Act compliance, wood sourcing, workplace safety, etc). Furthermore, our … Read more »

Recycling Benefits of REMAG Explained

Home to nearly one eighth of the US population, it is not uncommon to see things happen first in California.  The state is known as a primary producer of grapes and there are more turkeys raised in California than any other state. In 1947, a young woman named Norma Jean … 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. It is troubling that some people envision responsible paper manufacturer as engaging in deforestation when in fact, our suppliers are harvesting sustainability with a … Read more »

Advancing the Paper Life Cycle Dialogue

Life cycle analysis (LCA) is being utilized across a breadth of industries to better understand the environmental impacts of products and services. This is not a new tool among the scientific community. There are LCA courses taught at colleges and universities, dissertations written, books abound, and every scientific field benefits … 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 »

What Is the Business Case for Sustainability?

In broad brush strokes, elements supporting the business rational for sustainability can be categorized into two basic areas: cost savings and enhanced brand reputation. As a manufacturing company we are especially cognizant of the savings that can be realized by operating sustainably. Reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and saving … Read more »