Industry Best Practices
World Resources Institute Sustainable Procurement of Wood and Paper-based Products

The World Resource Institute (WRI) in conjunction with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) generated the guide “Sustainable Procurement of Wood and Paper-based Products” in an effort to help businesses understand the environmental and social impacts of sourcing wood and paper based products. The guide encompasses the most up-to-date practices for tracing and controlling forest product supply chains with a focus on sustainability.

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Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

Working to protect forests for future generations, FSC has developed many programs that have set the standard for responsible forest management. In the paper and printing industry, FSC paper and printer certification represent your company’s commitment to sustainable forest management and maintaining socially responsible values.

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Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)

SFI works with conservation groups, local communities, resource professionals and landowners to promote sustainable forest management. SFI is an independent, charitable organization that issues forest certification through an eternal review panel. Intent on ensuring that wood supplies and paper products are from legal and reputable sources, SFI offers certification in a variety of different areas from forest ownership land certification to source certification.

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Reducing Your Environmental Impact

Water and electricity are key elements in paper production, and the prices of each are rising steadily. So it makes economic sense to minimize their use wherever possible, which also helps reduce a facility’s environmental footprint. For these reasons, Omniafiltra, an Italian-owned company that specializes in manufacturing specialty paper for niche markets, including a variety of filtration media and absorbent boards, recently worked with NYSP2I to reduce their water and power consumption. P2I engineers, working in  collaboration  with Omniafiltra  and CITEC  Manufacturing  &  Technology  Solutions, found significant opportunities for wastewater recovery for reuse as well as energy use reduction. P2I’s analysis showed that wastewater drained from the forming, pressing and drying areas is recoverable for reuse since it is comprised of very small amounts of fiber and surfactant. This recoverable water equals ~43,350,000 gallons annually. Also, electricity usage can be reduced by 75,000 kWh with an annual savings of $10,000/year, by switching to a variable frequency drive and a lower horsepower motor. The total installed cost of this upgrade is estimated to be ~$20,000, resulting in a two-year payback. Finally, if the plant switches to an identified Nonylphenol Ethoxylates-free surfactant, Omniafiltra can keep 361 pounds of toxic NPEs from being discharged into the environment annually.

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Corporate Reporting and Product Declarations
Environmental Paper Assessment Tool (EPAT)

EPAT is an assessment tool developed by the non-profit GreenBlue. This tool allows paper product buyers and sellers to properly evaluate environmental performance data along the paper supply chain to make informed decisions on paper products. The goal is to make environmentally preferable paper products more widely available.

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Paper Profile

Paper profile is a voluntary product declaration helping paper buyers make responsible paper product choices. Important environmental parameters, management technique and wood procurement information is collected and continually updated regarding individual products. This information is developed into a single-page “Paper Profile” providing paper buyers the relevant and uniform environmental information.

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Nordic Swan Ecolabel

The Nordic Ecolabel is the official ecolabel of the Nordic countries providing an environmental labeling scheme that promotes the production and purchase of sustainable goods. Evaluation spans throughout the entire life cycle taking into account climate requirements and CO2 emissions.

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EU Ecolabel for Paper Products

The EU Ecolabel develops evaluation criteria for a vast range of product groups based consultation with experts and key stakeholders. In the paper industry, specific criteria have been developed for the newsprint, printed, tissue, and copy/graphic paper.

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Trade Associations or Consortia That Can Offer Support
National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI)

The National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI) is an independent, non-profit research institute that focuses on environmental topics of interest to the forest products industry. Established in 1943, NCASI is recognized as the leading source of reliable data on environmental issues affecting the industry.

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TAPPI

TAPPI is the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging, and converting industries and publisher of Paper360º and TAPPI JOURNAL. Through information exchange, trusted content, and networking opportunities, TAPPI helps members elevate their performance by providing solutions that lead to better, faster, and more cost-effective ways of doing business. PIMA operates as the Management Division of TAPPI.

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American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA)

AF&PA is a U.S. trade association focused on advancing public policies that promote sustainability in the U.S. forest products industry. More than 75% of companies in the U.S. pulp and paper industry are AP&PA members. Members range anywhere from small family-owned mills to large multi-product, publically owned corporations. All AF&PA members abide by the associations Environmental, Health and Safety Principles and are committed to developing a sustainable future.

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Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP)

SGP is an independent, non-profit organization providing product eco-certification in the graphic communications industry. Certification is the industry standard for commitment to improvement of sustainability and best practices within print manufacturing operations. Print facilities, suppliers, and buyers can join the SGP movement and take an active role in promoting sustainability.

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Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC)

SPC is an industry working group dedicated to building packaging systems that promote sustainable material flows while encouraging economic growth. SPC aims to create a forum where best practices, design guidelines, and new technologies can be shared. With strong member support, supply chain collaborations, continuous outreach and a science-based approach SPC can help equip businesses with the science and resources to make their products more sustainable.

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