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Mohawk awards Oxfam America for sustainability

Nov 24, 2008 12:00 AM

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Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. (Cohoes, NY) has recognized Oxfam America (Boston) with the Mohawk Windpower Award for its continued sustainability initiatives. “Working together to end poverty and injustice” is Oxfam America’s slogan. The international relief and development organization works to save lives, help people overcome poverty and fight for social justice.

“All of our publications must convey our brand values, including those of empowering people. We make an effort to ensure that our publications are created with the most environmentally friendly production practices available to us,” says Jeff Deutsch, art director and design manager for Oxfam America.

“Environmental paper is very much a part of the criteria for all of our printed materials,” says Deutsch. “We insist on using as much recycled content as possible, and have moved to looking for FSC-certified papers as well. We choose Mohawk Options for most of our high-profile publications because it matches our top three criteria for paper. First, it’s about as environmentally responsible of a paper as one can find — manufactured with windpower and 100 percent postconsumer waste. Second, the quality and performance is exceptional and it boasts unusually good ink hold out for an uncoated sheet with such high postconsumer waste content. Finally, even with the previously mentioned qualities, Mohawk Options doesn’t break our budget, and being a nonprofit organization this is always a factor for us.”

Oxfam America printed 19,400 annual reports for 2007 using Mohawk Options 100 percent PC manufactured with windpower.