• The New Paperboard Packaging Alliance Website Is Live!

    Apr 03, 2014

     By Akilah Robin
     Manager, Paper Group

     We are proud to announce the newly redesigned Paperboard
     Packaging Alliance (PPA) website

     Find out more about the PPA, its mission, objectives and members;
     the different types of paperboard packaging and which products they
     are used for; and the companies that produce paperboard packaging.

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of the PPA’s University Program – the annual Student Design Challenge (SDC). Packaging design students are encouraged to join the challenge, which closes Friday, May 30. Background information and all forms that are required to participate can be found here.

    The Features page will highlight news and topics of importance to paperboard packaging, and provide facts.

    The paper and paper-based products industry, which includes paperboard and paperboard packaging, has a strong sustainability story. Learn more about the industry’s sustainability initiative and goals on the Sustainability page.

    Please take a look around. Still have questions? Feel free to contact us.

  • AF&PA's New Office Showcases Cardboard in Unique, Sustainable Way

    Mar 28, 2014

      By Dianne Peck
      Senior Director, Office Services & IT Support

      I wrote previously about the beautiful reclaimed wooden floor and wall
      in the lobby of our newly-built office. Now, I want to tell you about
      another design element that is equally dramatic.

      We wanted to showcase a member product, so our architect (FOX)
     designed a cardboard wall. That’s right – we have an amazing cardboard wall!  And it’s not just a giant piece of cardboard glued to wallboard. No way. Our cardboard wall is a one-of-a-kind piece of art which is 30 feet long and almost 8 feet high! 

    A member company donated the cardboard – fifty 4’ x 8’ sheets of 1 1/2’ thick cardboard. With Fox’s design in-hand, our millworking contractor (Gaithersburg Millworking) turned cardboard (something that we all use) into an intricate piece of sculpture. 

    The wall is dimensional and from the side view, you can see how it flows down the hallway. The 50 sheets of cardboard were cut into 300 pieces. Every cut had to be repeated three times. A total of 900 saw cuts were required! 

    When the cutting was complete, the assembly of the giant puzzle began. Each piece was drilled to fit an exact spot, and the pieces were secured to steel rods which spanned the top and bottom of the design.

      So, when you step out of the elevator into
      our space, you see our reclaimed wooden 
      wall in one direction and our amazing
      sculptured cardboard wall in the opposite
      direction. Two different products, both
      sustainable, and both used creatively to
      remind staff and guests who we are and who
      we represent. 

  • Recognizing Member Sustainability Leadership and Innovation

    Mar 21, 2014
      By Katie Missimer
      Coordinator, Public Policy

       In 2012, the 37-year old AF&PA Energy and Environment Awards
       became the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Awards, with
       award categories aligned with Better Practices’ six sustainability
       goals. The move towards recognizing improvements beyond just
       those in energy or environmental performance followed a
       general industry trend to incorporate the broader aspects of sustainability,
       including economic and social aspects.

    The awards program has two categories. The “Leadership in Sustainability” awards recognize companies’ achievements towards meeting one of the sustainability goals:  paper recovery for recycling, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas reduction, sustainable forest management, safety and water. The “Innovation in Sustainability” award recognizes sustainability efforts that are not necessarily captured in one of the sustainability goals, such as an innovative product design.  To see previous winners and the sustainability achievements for which they are recognized, go to afandpa.org/sustainability.  

    The awards are judged by an impartial committee of industry and non-industry experts who represent customers, non-profits and federal agencies. The judges take into consideration not just environmental or energy benefits (such as water use reduction or reduction in greenhouse gas emissions), but also the cost/benefits of the project, the impact it has on the community and customers, and the ability of the project to be replicable throughout the forest products industry.

    The 2014 award winners will be announced this fall. Stay tuned!  
  • Biomass Residuals Should Continue Being Recognized in Renewable Portfolio Standards

    Mar 13, 2014

     By Paul Noe
     V.P., Public Policy

      With states and the country at-large looking for ways to diversify
      their renewable energy portfolios, it’s important that biomass
      residuals continue to be recognized as a renewable, carbon neutral
      energy source by being allowed to participate in state renewable
      portfolio standards.


    Biomass-based fuel is part of our country’s “all of the above” energy strategy and is a key part of its renewable portfolio.
    Biomass provides low-cost baseload energy that reduces the state’s dependence on fossil fuels, enhances the reliability of renewable energy, and keeps energy costs down.

    Biomass energy complements the use of other renewable fuel sources in the state’s renewable energy portfolio. Wind continues to grow in states like Maryland despite biomass energy’s presence. In fact, black liquor dropped from 43 percent of Tier I compliance in 2010 to 24 percent in 2012, while wind grew from just 1 percent to 30 percent. 

    Biomass is carbon neutral, renewable, clean energy. Biomass is widely recognized by experts outside of our industry – and around the world – as carbon neutral. By using biomass residuals, we harness the energy value of the CO2 that would be released into the atmosphere anyway and avoid additional methane production from landfilling (methane is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide). The industry is also making large investments in innovations to meet stringent environmental standards.

    Eliminating biomass from state RPSs would raise electricity costs for consumers. With fewer Renewable Energy Credits (REC) on the market, the prices for those remaining will increase – it’s simple supply and demand. In Maryland, REC prices have already jumped from $4 to about $16 – 400 percent just in the last year -- and the state’s RPS renewable energy requirements more than double by 2022.  Removing an important source of RECs at the same time will only make electricity costs rise faster and more severely. 

    Simply put, biomass deserves to compete on a level playing field with other forms of renewable energy, and if RECs are available for any carbon neutral renewable energy, they should be available for all carbon neutral renewable energy.

  • Participate in Paper2014!

    Mar 11, 2014


     By Donna Harman, President & CEO, AF&PA, 
     
    and Kevin Gammonley, CEO, NPTA 

     Join us in New York City for Paper2014, co-
     hosted by the American Forest & Paper
     Association (AF&PA) and the National
     Paper Trade Association (NPTA).


    At Paper2014, you’re invited to exchange insights with your colleagues, expand your network, and experience the breadth of opportunities this event offers.

    Monday’s Industry Leadership Session will spotlight a distinguished panel of industry  CEOs who will provide their unique perspectives on emerging issues, trends and the future of the paper industry. 

    Immediately following the Industry Leadership Session there is a networking reception where you will have the chance to engage in conversation with the speakers and trade insights with other conference participants.

    On Tuesday, RISI will hold its annual seminar on the market outlook for printing-writing paper, paperboard, and recovered fiber.

    The Paper2014 Luncheon will feature Alex Sheen, founder of Because I Said I Would – a social movement and nonprofit organization that encourages positive change and acts of kindness through paper “promise cards”.  

    During the Luncheon, NPTA will present Max and Don Clampitt of Clampitt Paper Company with the Stanley O. Styles Industry Excellence Award.

    Other sessions, suite meetings and various association committee meetings will take place throughout the Paper2014 event.

    Don’t forget to follow the #Paper2014 conversation on Twitter for all the latest.

    We hope to see you in New York!

  • March is National Reading Month: Nothing Beats a Paper Book

    Mar 07, 2014
      by Jessica McFaul
      Director, Communications and Press Secretary

      Read Across America is more than just a celebration of literacy. 
      It’s also a birthday party.  But let’s come back to that in a minute.  
     
      Reading is the most enjoyable of all the critical skills to work with
      a child to develop.  Math is very important, but it’s hard to pass a
      rainy day doing long division with your son or daughter.  Science and technology are vital, but trying to do experiments or staring at an LED screen right before bed makes it hard to go to sleep.
     
    Reading can be fun for a parent and child at anytime because every new book is an adventure – crazy characters, alarming alliteration and flights of imagination.  And while experiencing this excitement with a child, you are also imparting an essential life skill.
     
    Statistic after statistic shows that strong reading skills are one of the most important differentiators between success and challenges in life.  The Educational Testing Services reported that students who do more reading at home are better readers and have higher math scores (so reading helps improve math skills even without the rainy day long division!).
     
    And reading on paper is best of all.  Decades of research has looked at the differences between reading on paper and reading on screens, and most of the findings report that people read more quickly, more accurately and more comprehensively on paper.
     
    So why is Read Across America a birthday party?  Because it happens every year on the birthday of Theodor Geisel – aka Dr. Seuss – perhaps the greatest contributor to increasing literacy of all time. Dr. Seuss’ books have made reading with a child fun and educational for generations of families.
     
    So help wish Dr. Seuss a happy birthday by picking up a printed copy of a book (maybe even one by Dr. Seuss himself) and reading it with a child today. Which one, you ask? “Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find, for a mind maker-upper to make up his mind.”
  • Reaching New Heights in Paper Recovery for Recycling by Modeling Effective Practices

    Feb 21, 2014
      By Brian Hawkinson
      Executive Director, Recovered Fiber
     

      The paper industry has set a goal to exceed 70 percent recovery
      for recycling by the year 2020 as part of AF&PA’s Better Practices
      Better Planet 2020
    sustainability initiative. 

     With a 2012 recovery rate of more than 65 percent, we’re well on our way.  So you may ask, “What is the industry doing to help achieve the 70 percent recovery goal?”

    One way AF&PA promotes increased paper recovery for recycling is with the annual AF&PA Recycling Awards. The awards recognize and reward outstanding recycling efforts in schools, businesses and communities.  And AF&PA leverages what we learn from them by creating case studies from award-winning efforts as models for other schools, businesses and communities to identify and adapt effective practices into their own paper recycling efforts. 

    Here are some great examples:

    School – 2013 School Award winner Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Ohio, began collecting paper and paper-based packaging for recycling in 2009. By 2012, the recycling program successfully recovered more than 90 percent of the paper and paper-based packaging generated on the school campus. A strong service component – inherent in the curriculum and culture – is credited with helping to achieve such rapid and impressive results.

    Business – Through a combination of outreach and education to tenants, the 32-story office building One American Center, Austin, Texas, reaped big paper recovery results. The 2012 Business Leadership Award winner’s occupants - who are educated about the program through newsletters, building-wide events, a website, educational brochures and flyers - recovered more than 505 pounds of paper per tenant in 2011.

    Community – A comprehensive education and outreach program helped 2011 Community Award winner  Onondaga County (New York) Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) achieve new heights in paper recycling – recovering more per capita than any other large community in New York.  OCRRA relies on engagement with businesses, schools, and apartment complexes to achieve outstanding levels of community-wide paper and paper-based packaging recycling.

    Want to find great ideas to help improve your recycling program?  Check out http://www.paperrecycles.org/recycling-awards  to see what you can learn from recent AF&PA Recycling Award winners.

  • New Ways to Make Connections at Paper2014

    Feb 14, 2014

     By Mark Pitts
     Executive Director, Printing and Writing

     Feedback from participants at our annual paper industry event
     (formerly known as “Paper Week”) has made it clear that networking is a
     key reason of attendance. Industry representatives from across the
     paper supply chain and across the globe understand that no other
     event offers access to hundreds of business connections in one location. But with so many people in one place, it can be a challenge to see the right person or make sure that people interested in your business opportunities can find you.

    Problem solved! We have added new ways to see and be seen during Paper2014 so that you can increase your exposure and maximize your networking opportunities. By becoming a Paper2014 Supporter, making connections and promoting your company, product or service will be easier than ever and will add value to your experience. We have three Paper2014 Supporter options available:

    • Exhibitor/Promoter - Exclusive table space in the registration area to display marketing materials and meet with current and potential business partners.
    • Company Supporter - Recognition and listing of up to six company attendees.
    • Individual Supporter - Make your presence known in the Paper2014 program.

    Supporters of all levels will be listed on the supporter recognition page of the Paper2014 website and in the final program, as well as have a special supporter designation on their name badge.

    Don’t leave your networking opportunities to a chance meeting in the hotel lobby. Increase your exposure to all meeting attendees by becoming a Paper2014 supporter. The choice of supporter options are available as part of event registration.

  • AF&PA Board Sets 2014 Federal Policy Priorities

    Feb 06, 2014

     By Donna Harman
     President and CEO

     Last week was a busy one at AF&PA as we hosted our board of
     directors for their annual kick-off meeting. One of the many, many
     discussion topics was setting the association’s 2014 federal policy
     priorities.


    By knowing what challenges our members face and what issues have the greatest potential to affect their ability to operate, we’re able to concentrate our advocacy efforts to ensure lawmakers and regulators hear our industry’s most pressing concerns. This year, we’ve narrowed it to several key areas.
     

    • Greenhouse gas regulations: We will work with key stakeholders and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support recognition of the carbon neutrality of biomass in greenhouse gas regulations, including in prevention of significant deterioration rules and new source performance standards.
    •  Air regulations: We will work with lawmakers, EPA, and other stakeholders to support development of practical and sustainable air regulations, including ozone national ambient air quality standards, boiler maximum achievable control technology and non-hazardous secondary materials rules.
    • Energy: We will support energy policies that take into consideration the carbon-reduction benefits provided by the industry’s use of biomass in energy production as well as cost and supply implications for the paper and wood products industry.
    • Rail and truck transportation: We will support Congress’ work to create better and more efficient rail and truck transportation options for the industry through the Federal Highway Reauthorization Bill or other related legislation
    • Forestry and agriculture: We welcomed passage of the Farm bill earlier this week and will work with legislators, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and others to ensure industry concerns are addressed in a variety of forestry and agriculture programs, including advocating for adequate funding of the Forest Inventory Analysis program and for inclusion of forest products in the USDA’s BioPreferred program.
    • Tax: We will track and work to ensure that any tax changes improve economic growth, job opportunities, and the competitiveness of U.S.-based businesses.
    • Postal – We will continue to advocate for postal reform, as one-third of all paper produced in the U.S. goes into the mail stream, worth $6 billion in industry revenues. Stable postal rates are important to the mailing industry supply chain.

    In addition to these areas, AF&PA staff will continue to track, engage, and report on many other issues of importance, such as paper options, water regulations, and others that come up on Capitol Hill throughout the year.

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  • New Office has an Old Story to Tell

    Jan 30, 2014

     By Dianne Peck
     Senior Director, Office Services & IT Support

      In November, AF&PA moved into newly-built office space. After more
      than a year of collaboration with architects, project managers,
      contractors, etc., construction was finished. Our new ‘home’ was
      
    functional and absolutely beautiful!

     There are many amazing design elements in our new office, but the one I want to highlight first is the reclaimed hardwood floor which extends from our elevator lobby, through our reception area, and all the way up an accent wall.

    I had never heard of reclaimed wood before – had no idea what to expect.  Let me tell
    you, it is stunning.  The wood used in our office is Granary Oak which was, as I prefer to think of it, ‘rescued’ from old barns. 

    I was so intrigued, I did a little research.  I learned that in the early part of the 19th century, farmers built their barns from whatever trees grew closest to their property.  A barn could contain a blend of Oak, Chestnut, Poplar, Hickory or Pine.  Beam sizes were limited to what could be moved by man and horse. 

    While our flooring is all reclaimed oak, the colors are varied as are the width and length of the wooden planks.  Some pieces have a very smooth surface; others are very rustic. 

    I read that every floor created from reclaimed wood has a story to tell. While we will never know the story of our floor, I am content that it is no longer a part of an old, neglected barn in an overgrown field somewhere.  It has a new life at AF&PA where it will be admired by staff and guests for many years to come. 

  • AF&PA Recycling Awards Now Accepting Entries

    Jan 24, 2014
      By Rashida Holmes
      Manager, Paper Group

     As an industry that prides itself on our voluntary recycling success,
     we know the importance of being recognized for great recovery
     efforts. The more than 65 percent of paper recovered in 2012 was
     due to efforts of communities, schools, and businesses across 
     the country that recycle paper and paper-based packaging every
     day. We want to hear about the innovative and creative things you are doing to
     make your paper recycling programs successful.

    Here is how you can share your success story, and get recognized for it.  The 2014 AF&PA Recycling Awards are now open! 

    With even more chances to win, the 2014 Awards program has been redesigned to offer increased opportunities to highlight your program. Applicants in three categories – school, business and community – now each have four chances to win. Programs will be judged on creativity, participation, partnership, and volume of paper collected. Winners receive a cash prize, an original piece of framed artwork, and visibility in local and national media. Winning programs will also gain national visibility on the paperrecyles.org website. Case studies of award-winning programs will also be used to give recycling coordinators ideas to adapt and incorporate into their own programs.

    Deadline for entries is March 7th -- we can’t wait to hear about your program -- so enter today! Visit us at paperrecycles.org to submit your entry. We are very excited and look forward to recognizing the great efforts that contribute to increasing paper recovery for recycling across the country.  
  • Join the Paper Industry in NYC

    Jan 10, 2014
     By Katharine Eaton
     Manager, Communications

     Registration is now open for Paper2014, held March 23-25 in New
     York City!

     This premier paper industry event is designed for participants to
     make new connections, enhance business partnerships and receive
      firsthand information on emerging issues of importance to the industry.

    Co-hosted by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and the National Paper Trade Association (NPTA), Paper2014 includes an Industry Leadership Session, a Tuesday Luncheon featuring a keynote speaker, unparalleled networking opportunities, a Connections Lounge, and ample suite meeting hours. More details are available on Paper2014.com.

    We hope to see you at Paper2014! Register today.
  • The Clock Ticks for Comprehensive Postal Reform

    Dec 12, 2013

     By Mark Pitts
     Executive Director, Printing-Writing

     As the current legislative session winds to a close, it appears that
     one more year will pass without Congress addressing postal reform.
     The financial condition of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) puts the
     future of mail in jeopardy and only Congress can provide the tools
     necessary to bring solvency back to the Postal Service.

    In 2006, a lame-duck session of Congress legislated that USPS prepay 75 years’ worth of future retiree health benefits over the following ten years. As a result, a law designed to keep the Postal Service solvent over the long-term is bankrupting it.

    In the past six years USPS has incurred $41 billion in net losses, including $32 billion for the aforementioned prefunding requirement. The Postal Service does not have the authority or the tools to manage these massive obligations without comprehensive postal reform legislation. While both chambers of Congress have introduced postal reform bills, the process has stalled and there are significant differences that need to be reconciled. 

    In the meantime, the USPS has been executing its five-year financial improvement plan by streamlining operations, cutting hours of operation, and adjusting service levels.  Absent legislative relief, the Postal Service is pursuing a 6.5% increase in First-Class postage rates and a 5.9 percent rate increase for business mail that, despite its intention to raise revenue, will result in accelerating the already alarming decline in mail volume. USPS said it would not need to increase rates to this degree if Congress passes postal reform legislation by the end of the month.

    AF&PA advocates comprehensive postal reform that supports long-term cost reductions, allows new, innovative revenue sources and relieves the USPS of unfair financial obligations. But piecemeal measures that could have disruptive, negative effects on customers, employees and the availability of postal services will continue as long as Congress does not act.

    We urge Congress to pass legislation that will change the USPS business model, preserve affordable mail service, and allow the Postal Service to focus on the business of delivering mail and packages instead of crisis management.

  • Keeping Paper Options for All

    Dec 03, 2013
      By Anna Harris
      Manager, Communications

      In today’s edition of Roll Call, Rep. Sean Duffy and Rep. Michael
      Michaud released a joint Op-Ed on the importance of paper options
      when it comes to the government and the needs of Americans,
      especially our nation’s senior citizens. With more than 50 percent
      of Americans over age 65 lacking internet access, government
     agencies are forcing people to go online to interact, communicate, and even receive checks.  

    According to a national poll by Consumers for Paper Options, 73% of Americans do not believe that Americans should be expected to interact online with government agencies. AF&PA fully supports the efforts of Representatives Duffy and Michaud on this important issue, and will continue to work with them to ensure that access to all paper services are protected for those who rely on it. Click here to read the Op-Ed in today’s issue of Roll Call.
  • Paper Recycles… Every Day

    Nov 15, 2013

     By Brian Hawkinson
     Executive Director, Recovered Fiber

     Today, November 15th, is America Recycles Day. But every day is
     recycling day in the paper industry. 

     Since 1990, annual paper recovery for recycling has nearly doubled,
     reaching 65.1 percent in 2012. 

    AF&PA’s industry-wide sustainability initiative, Better Practices, Better Planet 2020, aims to further increase that rate to exceed 70 percent by 2020.

    To reach this goal, AF&PA leads a variety of efforts to encourage and increase paper recycling. Free interactive features, statistics, classroom materials and resources to help start or improve paper recycling programs can be found on paperrecycles.org.

    Ultimately, paper recycling success depends on the millions of individuals who choose to recycle at work, home and school.

    So join your fellow citizens and recycle on America Recycles Day – and every day.

    The industry and the environment thank you.

  • AF&PA Announces Sustainability Award Winners

    Nov 07, 2013

      By Donna Harman
      President and CEO

      AF&PA’s annual Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability
      Awards recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives
      in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry. Awards are
      given based on the merit of entries received across multiple
      categories. 

    This year, five companies were chosen to receive six sustainability awards from 23 outstanding submissions across the industry: Leadership in Sustainability awards were given to KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation’s Longview Mill (Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction); RockTenn (Paper Recovery for Recycling); Domtar (Safety, and Sustainable Forest Management); and Georgia-Pacific Brunswick Cellulose Operation (Water). Graphic Packaging International won the Innovation in Sustainability award.

    The winning projects are representative of the ingenuity, innovation and hard work taking place across the industry, putting us on the path to achieving the industry’s sustainability goals by 2020.

    View more details about the award-winning projects and see photos of the award ceremony here.

    The Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Awards are part of AF&PA’s industry- wide sustainability initiative. AF&PA’s next sustainability progress report will be released in mid-2014.

  • Presidential Proclamation of National Forest Products Week Could Be So Much More

    Oct 29, 2013

     By Chuck Fuqua
     Executive Director, Strategic Communications

     President Obama last week proclaimed October 20-26, 2013 National
     Forest Products Week. I applaud the President’s commitment to
     sustainable forestry practices and the recognition of wood building
     products.  But, there is so much more to know and appreciate in the
     paper, pulp, packaging and wood products sectors. 

    The forest products industry creates and provides an array of products people depend on in their daily lives across the country and around the world.  Products that communicate and inform, promote clean hygiene, provide shelter, package and protect goods, and capture life’s memorable moments.  We create the paper and wood products consumers depend on today and will expect tomorrow.

    When it comes to sustainability, AF&PA members have a proven track record of leadership.  We are in the third year of our Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 initiative – one of the most comprehensive quantifiable set of sustainability goals for any manufacturing sector.  Our member companies certify their adherence to sustainable forest management as a condition of membership, and have for much of the 20 years we have existed as AF&PA.  We are leaders in sustainable manufacturing.

    Paper and wood products manufacturers continue their proud history of responsible, efficient use of this renewable resource to manufacture recyclable products.  In 1993 we set our first paper recovery goal, having achieved and raised the bar four times since - nearly doubling the recovery rate over the last 20 years, now striving for 70 percent recovery by 2020.  We set the standard for progress in recycling.

    Our members stay on the cutting edge of technology to innovate and develop new products, such as: stronger, lighter packaging with wood-based nanomaterials; to produce cellulosic pulp used in high-tech products; and generate cleaner renewable energy to power our facilities. 

    We appreciate President Obama’s proclamation, but welcome him and his Administration to join us in realizing all that the paper and wood products industry offers through our people and our products.  Our record is strong on sustainable forestry practices, sustainable manufacturing and creating recyclable products from a renewable resource.  We are an industry worth recognizing for our contribution to our environment, our communities and our Nation’s economy.

  • Biomass Manufacturing Residuals as a Major Energy Source

    Oct 23, 2013

     by Paul Noe
     Vice President, Public Policy

     A recent study by the National Council for Air and Stream
     Improvement (NCASI) has found substantial greenhouse gas
     reduction benefits from using manufacturing residuals for biomass
     energy in the forest products industry. The study, “Greenhouse Gas
     and Fossil Fuel Reduction Benefits of Using Biomass Manufacturing Residuals for Energy Production in Forest Products Facilities
    ,” examined the life cycle greenhouse gas and fossil fuel reduction benefits of using biomass residuals for energy production in the U.S. forest products industry.  Wood processing activities at pulp, paper, and wood products mills produce a significant volume of biomass residuals, and they are the primary source of energy to run the mills.  On average, about two-thirds of the energy powering forest products mills is derived from biomass.

    The results of this study reveal that each year’s use of biomass-based manufacturing residuals in the U.S. forest products industry avoids the emission of approximately 218 million tons of CO2E.   This is equivalent to removing over 40 million cars from the road.

    The study underscores the importance of policymakers continuing to recognize the forest products industry’s use of biomass energy as carbon neutral.

  • Considering the USPS on World Post Day

    Oct 09, 2013
     By Mark Pitts
     Executive Director, Printing and Writing

     Today, October 9th, is World Post Day. It marks the establishment
     of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in Bern, Switzerland,
     and aims to create awareness of the role of the postal sector in the
     everyday life of people and businesses and its contribution to social
     and economic development around the world.

    It is also a reminder that, despite our seemingly all-digital lives, we live in a world where physical delivery of information and goods may be more important than we realize.

    The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is easily taken for granted, as it has been ever-present since the Continental Congress founded it in 1775 to provide public mail service. The original purpose of the Post Office was to “bind the nation together,” which is an old-school way of saying “connecting people.” Today, USPS ensures that every citizen, in each square mile of the country, has the ability to receive mail and that the government can reach every citizen too.

    For many Americans, particularly senior citizens and those who live in rural areas, their postal carrier is their one reliable point of contact with the world – six days a week. It is easy to forget that 20 percent of American adults do not use the internet at home, work, school or by mobile device. Many can’t afford the cost of digital devices, lack the skills to use them, don’t have digital access where they live, or simply choose to live without them.

    The USPS helped to shape the United States as we know it today: $1 trillion in commerce and 8 million American jobs that depend on a healthy Postal Service. On World Post Day, consider what our nation would be like without the ability to securely connect with any household in the country for less than fifty cents. You might miss the mail after all.
  • Deciding What To Shred

    Aug 05, 2013

     By Rashida Holmes
     Manager, Paper Group

     Have you noticed paper shredding events in your community and
     thought: “I’ll just take all the paper in my office or that corner of the
     spare room to be shredded?” Shredding can help you to dispose of
     paper documents, while making sure your personal information is
     secure. But did you know that shredding shortens paper fibers, making them harder to use in recycled products? 

    AF&PA developed the Think Before You Shred! poster to help you consider your options as you recycle your paper and paper-based items. In reality, only documents with sensitive information, such as your social security, credit card, or bank account numbers, need to be shredded. Any other non-sensitive items, such as magazines, books, greeting cards or direct mail, can be placed directly in the recycling bin.

    The poster is available on the recycling resources page of the AF&PA website and on www.paperrecycles.org.

    For state-specific information on how to recycle shredded paper, case studies on award-winning recycling programs, free classroom resources, statistics and more, visit www.paperrecycles.org.