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EcoFriendly Paper

Mar 1, 2008 12:00 AM


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AbitibiBowater (Montreal)

AbitibiBowater introduces EcoLaser, which uses 50 percent less wood fiber than freesheet bond papers. It is manufactured chlorine-free using hydroelectricity, which reduces the use of fossil fuel and greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent.

Because this 17.7-lb. sheet has the caliper and opacity of a 24-lb. bond sheet, you can buy less paper by weight to print the same amount of copies. This results in a lower cost per page and the potential to lower mailing costs. Major OEMs have tested EcoLaser for continuous feed, roll-to-fold and roll-to-sheet. The paper is designed for high-volume monochrome and highlight color printing. EcoLaser meets ANSI type 1 OCR and MICR specifications.

See www.abitibibowater.com.
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Appleton (Appleton, WI)

Appleton Coated has secured The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Certification for Utopia products. SFI-certified Utopia was made available to support customers who require SFI certification to maintain SFI chain-of-custody for their projects.

Additionally, Appleton offers green power and extra recycled content with SFI-certified product orders. The standard guidelines for these options can be found in the company's current “Stock Guide,” in its “Green Means Go” brochure or at www.utopiapaper.com.
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Boise Paper (Boise, ID)

All Boise Aspen premium recycled papers reportedly meet the same high standards as non-recycled paper, with excellent runnability, printability and brightness. Boise's mill in Jackson, AL, which specializes in recycled paper products, processes more than 300 tons per day of post-consumer waste (PCW) paper. Boise Aspen products include Boise Aspen 30, Boise Aspen 50, Boise Aspen 100 Multi-use, Boise Aspen Laser and Boise Aspen Color Copy, providing customers with a wide range of sizes, weights, and levels of post-consumer content.

Boise developed new packaging that emphasizes the environmental benefits of the paper as exemplified by the tagline, “Working For You and the Environment.” See www.boiseaspen.com.
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Canon (Lake Success, NY)

Canon's first 100 percent recycled paper, Genuine Color Awareness, is a 28-lb. bond sheet with a 92 brightness rating. The papers come in three sizes: 8.5 × 11, 11 × 17 and 12 × 18 inches. Canon's Specialty Print Media product line also includes 30 percent PCW Genuine Awareness and 30 percent PCW Genuine Color Awareness.

Canon U.S.A. Inc. Imaging Systems Group senior v.p. Tod Pike says, “Using Canon-branded Specialty Print Media like this with our Canon copiers and MFPs will result in consistent product performance and superior image quality.” See www.usa.canon.com.
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Cascades Fine Papers Group (Saint-Jérôme, Quebec)

Enhanced and renamed, the members of the Cascades 30 percent recycled fine paper family now are FSC certified, Rolland Opaque30, Rolland Hitech30 and Rolland ST30 — formerly Rolland Opaque, Rollandhitech and ST Generation II — are newly certified FSC Mixed Sources and manufactured in Canada using biogas energy. See www.environmentalbychoice.com.
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Domtar (Montreal)

Cougar has evolved to be more environmentally responsible than ever before with its recent FSC certification. Users will find the well-known World Wildlife Fund (WWF) panda logo on Cougar products and promotions as a symbol of the company's commitment to conservation. Domtar's new Cougar swatchbook, “Cougar Commands Attention,” features photography of a cougar in its natural environment. It's designed to show creatives and printers how to tame the wild side of Cougar for high-quality monochrome or color image reproduction with rich details. Compelling photography provides life-like images of print demonstrations with full ink coverage. The waterfall view of samples in White and Natural offers easy identification of text and cover weights and stocking information. See www.cougarpaper.com.
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FiberMark (Brattleboro, VT)

FiberMark recently announced the release of Eviva, its new 100 percent recycled cover stock (including 30 percent PCW) which features a toothy vellum finish with visible fibers. Available in a standard cover weight and a 25-pt. heavy weight, it is geared toward foil stamping or silk screening and accepts diecutting, scoring and folding with superior hinge characteristics.

Eviva is offered in nine nature-inspired colors, including wheat, maize, ginger, terra cotta, moss, indigo, cinnabar, stone and kohl. Designed for a range of applications, Eviva papers provide an attractive, earth-friendly alternative for report and document covers, brochure covers, pocket portfolios, journal and notebook covers, invitations, folding cartons and tags. See www.fibermark.com.
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Glatfelter (York, PA)

Glatfelter has achieved chain-of-custody certification from the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) at its North American production facilities in Spring Grove, PA, and Chillicothe, OH. The new triple certification provides assurance that Glatfelter has, in fact, implemented responsible forest management to its longstanding policies, and that chain-of-custody procedures exist to pass certified fiber from the forest, through the manufacturing process and on to customers and end users.

The newly FSC-certified Natures Book grade, which was made available in early February 2008, has incorporated 30 percent PCW fiber since its introduction in early 2007. Additional certified products will be available across Glatfelter's other North American specialty products starting in March. See www.glatfelter.com.
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Legion Paper (Los Angeles and New York)

Legion has launched a comprehensive ecofriendly paper classification system and search engine on its Web site: www.legionpaper.com. Aside from wood-based and recycled products, Legion focuses on 100 percent cotton papers, handmade papers and papers made from cork and mulberry — none of which require tree cutting. The site organizes each paper into five categories: Alternative Energy, Chlorine-Free, Handmade Papers, Mill Certification and Tree-Free.

Legion's Moab brand introduces Moenkopi Japanese Washi. Brought to market in conjunction with the Awagami Factory of Tokushima, Japan, Washi is made from sustainable and environmentally friendly fibers like Kozo (mulberry) and hemp. All three of the Moenkopi papers (Kozo 110, Unryu 55, Bizan 300) incorporate the use of Kozo fibers harvested from live shrubs that continue to grow and produce after the harvest. The line's handmade sheet, Bizan, is dried in the sun. See www.moabpaper.com.
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Mohawk Fine Papers (Cohoes, NY)

Mohawk has relaunched its premium linen paper grade, Beckett Cambric, with the addition of 15 new shades, heavier weights, more cut sizes, and the industry's first textured, FSC-certified digital paper for the HP Indigo. The entire line is FSC certified and features five shades made with 100 percent PCW fiber, and 12 shades made with 30 percent PCW. Beckett Cambric also is made carbon neutral and manufactured with 100 percent wind-power. All Cambric cut-size papers are guaranteed to run in office copiers, laser and inkjet printers, and digital presses.
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Monadnock Paper Mills (Bennington, NH)

Envi by Monadnock features surface uniformity, smoothness and brightness for detailed, high-contrast, high-impact graphic printing. Envi carrier bag substrates can be manufactured with up to 100 percent recycled PCW. The initial introduction to the line contains 50 percent PCW and is comparable in strength, durability and aesthetics to virgin material. It has Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain-of-custody mixed sources certification and is manufactured carbon neutral with 100 percent renewable energy. See www.monadnockpaper.com.
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Neenah Paper (Neenah, WI)

Neenah's flagship Starwhite brand is now carbon neutral, FSC-Pure and Green-e certified. FSC Pure labeling means the brand is made only with virgin fiber from an FSC-certified forest. The line features “Whites for All Occasions” and a new”Soft Touch” finish for color offset, foil and embossing applications.

Neenah Paper has reduced its carbon footprint — or net greenhouse gas emissions — associated with the manufacturing of this premium uncoated brand through its membership in the Chicago Climate Exchange. Green-e certified renewable energy is an alternative to energy derived from fossil fuels such as wind, solar, low-impact hydro and biomass. See www.neenahpaper.com.
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New Leaf Paper (San Francisco)

New Leaf recently earned FSC certification for its high-end gloss coated paper, New Leaf Primavera. The company further augmented the environmental specifications of 80 percent recycled, 80 percent chlorine-free New Leaf Primavera by increasing the PCW content to 60 percent and manufacturing it with electricity that is offset with Green-e certified renewable energy certificates. New Leaf Primavera Gloss is a glassy, double-coated sheet with high brightness (91) and print fidelity for annual reports, book jackets, marketing materials and other projects requiring high-resolution imagery. See www.newleafpaper.com.
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NewPage (Miamisburg, OH)

The Arbor line comes in coated wood-free, coated mechanical and uncoated mechanical (SCA+) versions. It contains 30 percent PCW recycled content and FSC, SFI, and PEFC forest management chain-of-custody certifications. Arbor is designed to maximize forest conservation without sacrificing print production values, with a range of weights and finishes to match customer design, marketing, and financial needs. See www.newpagecorp.com.
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Sappi (Boston)

Sappi has updated its Lustro brand with 30 percent PCW content. Now called Lustro Offset Environmental (LOE), the brand is certified to four independent certification standards and manufactured with onsite-generated renewable energy. Sappi's LOE promotion features Chad Pregracke, the founder of the non-profit group Living Lands and Waters and a recipient of the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for Public Service. For every ton of LOE sold, Sappi will donate a portion of the revenues to the organization.

Along with LOE, Sappi offers all of its brands as SFI chain-of-custody certified and a selection of its brands as FSC chain-of-custody certified including McCoy (sheet and web), Opus (sheet and web), Aero (sheet and web) and Flo (sheet). All of Sappi's papers are manufactured using onsite-generated renewable energy. See www.sappi.com.
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SMART Papers (Hamilton, OH)

SMART Papers has achieved FSC certification for its Genesis brand of premium uncoated printing and packaging papers, as well as its Pegasus Fidelity Recycled sheets within the Pegasus premium uncoated line. More than half of the Genesis gradeline features papers with 100 percent PCW fiber and the remaining grades contain 30 percent PCW. The Genesis brand includes a wide spectrum of papers including wood-flecked and high-brightness sheets, accent colors, and enhanced print surfaces and finishes.

Pegasus Fidelity Recycled sheets contain 30 percent PCW. The line's enhanced surface treatment reduces dot gain, supports fine line screens and shortens drying time. Pegasus Fidelity Recycled is available in 80- to 100-lb. text and 80- to 110-lb. cover weights and maintains 96-bright White and Cream sheets.

All Pegasus and Genesis writing and smooth finish text weights are laser and inkjet guaranteed. All sheets in both brands are archival and acid free, process chlorine-free (PCF) and elemental chlorine-free (ECF). See www.smartpapers.com.
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Tembec (Montreal)

Tembec's Impact Zero and Forever Green environmental management programs minimize the impact of manufacturing activities and forest operations on the environment. In 2007, its Pine Falls, Manitoba, forestry operation was awarded FSC certification. Tembec now holds FSC certificates in the four provinces where it manages forests, completing the joint commitment it made with World Wildlife Fund Canada in 2001 to achieve FSC certification across its Canadian forestry operations.

Going forward, Tembec will focus on FSC certification projects with forest management partners. New projects are already underway, with completion scheduled through 2008. To meet growing customer interest in product traceability and FSC labeling, FSC chain-of-custody certification was completed at all Tembec pulp, solid wood and paper operations in 2007. See www.tembec.com.
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The Paper Mill Store (Sun Prairie, WI)

As of January 1, 2008, ThePaperMillStore.com (TPMS) has offset 100 percent of its shipping-produced carbon emissions through the purchase of carbon offset credits from Carbonfund.org, one of the country's leading carbon offset organizations. The company estimates that this offset purchase will reduce carbon output by as much as 115 tons per year. The Paper Mill Store's carbon-neutral shipping includes every shipment from its Wisconsin facilities and is offered at no additional charge to customers.

“We began using 100 percent wind power for our electricity needs through the purchase of renewable energy credits back in 2006, and this newest carbon offset initiative is a natural extension of that commitment,” says Brian J. Cowie, CEO and founder, TPMS.

TPMS currently uses Green-e certified wind energy to meet the electricity needs in all of its facilities. In addition, TPMS is FSC chain-of-custody certified and is currently participating in the process for SFI certification.
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Verso Paper (Memphis, TN)

Verso procures fiber only from sustainably managed sources, and the company supports third-party forest certification standards including the FSC, SFI, Canadian Standards Association (CSA), PEFC, American Tree Farm System (ATFS) and most Master Logger (ML) standards. Currently, 59 percent of the fiber in Verso Paper products comes from third-party certified sources. Verso purchases 14 percent of the pulp used to manufacture its products while the remaining is made by its mills. By January 2008, all of Verso's purchased pulp will be certified to one of the standards listed above. See www.versopaper.com.
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Wausau Paper (Mosinee, WI)

Wausau Paper's Exact Eco 100 line of paper is made solely with 100 percent PCW fiber. This earth-friendly, multipurpose white paper is available at a 90 brightness level, is acid-free and lignin-free, and is guaranteed for inkjet, laser, copier and offset printing applications. The line boasts great print results for both commercial and consumer applications, receiving high marks for cleanliness, brightness and print performance.

Wausau Paper's 15-page piece, “Imprinting Your Vision for Sustainability on Paper,” explores how the establishment of environmental partnerships can further advance sustainable business practices. It features three perforated cards with insights from Derek Smith of Derek Smith & Associates, James Eastman of Schawk and Amy Clarke of Peggy Lauritsen Design Group. The cards also list paper specification recommendations and links to online sustainable references. For the brochure, Wausau Paper used commissioned photography by Doug Beasley from the Kenai Peninsula and Denali National Park in Alaska to capture the raw and sacred view of the earth, nature and of the environment. Through his work, the true image of what sustainability looks like at Wausau Paper is captured throughout the pages of this piece. See www.wausaupaper.com.
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xpedx (Loveland, OH)

One of xpedx's private label printing papers, Vector Performance DI, has achieved Green Seal certification, underscoring the company's efforts to provide printers and other high-volume paper users with high-quality, environmentally preferable papers. Vector is one of the largest private label printing papers in the U.S. and is used extensively by printers, businesses, governments and other organizations. xpedx said it expects to add Green Seal certification to other papers in the Vector family of uncoated and coated papers. xpedx has SFI and FSC chain-of-custody certification at all of its U.S. locations.

The high-bright Vector Performance DI paper meets coated printing paper standard GS-10. The standard requires the paper meet coating composition and heavy metal restrictions, as well as a minimum of 10 percent PCW fiber. Vector Performance DI contains 15 percent PCW, and it is acid free and manufactured with renewable energy. Available exclusively through xpedx, Vector Performance DI coated printing paper is made for digital color production printing. The paper features 94 brightness and is available in gloss and matte finishes, 80- and 100-lb. text and cover weights. See http://xpedx.com.
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Stay tuned

Don't miss our annual Paper & Ink roundup in the May and June issues.

‘It's our burden!’

Check out “The Green Report,” a YouTube video of a news report featuring Montreal printing firm Pazazz. Company president Warren Werbitt discusses the merits and the challenges of FSC certification and printing on recycled papers. Watch it at http://youtube.com/watch?v=fY7zFi_T6hY.

In “Printing's Alive,” Werbitt lets his print fanatic alter ego run amok in a comedic YouTube video protesting the notion that print is dead. See http://youtube.com/watch?v=VpAuDrs5ocg.

Drupa to host FSC Global Paper Forum

On June 9 and 10, the 4th FSC Global Paper Forum will be staged in during Drupa 2008. The forum is an international get-together attended by FSC players from the worldwide paper and pulp sectors who gather to examine market opportunities. Forum discussions, workshops and information on all the latest developments in the FSC paper sector form part of the event. The following basic themes will be covered:

  • Success: good brands on good paper.
  • Opportunities: bringing together supply and demand for FSC paper.
  • The impact of FSC certification on forestry, conservation, trade and legislation.
  • New FSC standards for the chain of custody.

See www.writingthefuture.org.