Paper manufacturing is a key part of the environmental life-cycle of papermaking because it uses raw materials and resources including fiber, energy, and water, and also generates emissions to air, water and landfills. The operational “eco-efficiency” of pulp and paper mills varies from one site to the next, based on local regulations and how mills have used best-available-techniques. The age of the mill and the amount of investments made to upgrade technology and equipment will often drive environmental performance. For example, final mill effluent quality and chemical use can be influenced by bleaching method used
The environmental impacts of forestry and pulp and paper operations have been extensively investigated, reported and in certain cases exaggerated and dramatized for maximum impact, including images of clear-cut areas of forest, mill sites emitting wastewater and air emissions. But, there is a positive side to communicate as well. More paper buyers are now evaluating the environmental and social responsibility of their paper suppliers to minimize risks and develop business relationships with producers who are engaged in sustainability. Below are some basic tips that help define “sustainable paper” based on procurement policies I have had the opportunity to review and key guidance documents such as the WBCSD / WRI Guide on Sustainable Procurement of Wood and Paper-based Products.
Guess what? Being “green” and being “sustainable” are not the same thing. Sustainability includes three elements, or three “pillars”: environmental responsibility, social responsibility and financial responsibility. Sustainability takes into account the realities of our economy and our society. In other words, it means that organizations or individuals should operate in a financially sound framework but… Read More »
The rhetoric surrounding “green”, “sustainability” and “corporate social responsibility” has cooled a bit. This means we are now in the normalization phase. Between 2005 and 2008, literally everything gained a greenish tinge. 2009 capped the trend by becoming the year of the “green printing trade show”. Trade shows in 2010 had a diminished green presence. So here we are in 2011. Responsible sourcing/procurement is fast becoming the driving realization that encompasses everything green and sustainable.
Necessity may be the Mother of invention, but it’s also the Mother of reduction, the Mother of consolidation and ultimately, the Mother of efficiency. The past few years of recessionary behavior has proven to be a Petri dish of sorts that prove this hypothesis.
Ever heard this one before? A print buyer sends the specs for a job specifying “recycled paper”. We’re talking about recycled “content” here, which is simply any percentage of the paper made from fiber (paper) that has been diverted from a waste stream. This is further broken down into pre- and post-consumer waste components. Commonly,… Read More »
Internal auditing is an intermittent activity that should be planned to be enacted at least annually to evaluate every process in the enterprise. Some processes which are more critical than others should be internally audited more frequently, sometimes quarterly, and of course immediately upon reoccurring issue identification such as multiple product non-conformities or customer complaints.
We are truly in the golden age of printing. It’s an exciting time full of technology convergence, disruption and acceleration. Along with all of this is the necessary sorting out true cost/benefit of any technology including the energy used to run it. As the old adage goes, you can’t track what you don’t measure. This writing explores that philosophy as it pertains to power consumption.
Sustainability is a key priority for many of our customers who are looking for ways to improve their earth-friendly quotient. As a “green advocate,” I’m always on the lookout for tools, processes and programs that can help them achieve their green goals. Whether it’s adopting cool innovations like bamboo USBs, switching to FSC-certified or recycled papers,… Read More »
A sweeping campaign designed to highlight the importance of paper in our lives will debut Monday. Domtar Corporation (nyse/tsx:UFS) is launching its “Paper Because” campaign through advertisements that will appear in major U.S. and Canadian media outlets, including: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Globe & Mail, Fast Company, Audubon, National Geographic… Read More »