History of AF&PA and Our Industry

Paper recovery rate exceeds 63% for the fourth consecutive year

2015
   

2014
Overall consumer access to community paper and paperboard recycling in the U.S. reached 96%
AF&PA relocates to new offices and celebrates 20th anniversary
2013    
   

2012
Released first progress report on Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 goals and formalized water reduction goal as part of the initiative
Launched Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 – a comprehensive suite of sustainability goals to be achieved by 2020
2011    

2010

Began partnership with the National Paper Trade Association (NPTA) to combine PaperWeek and NPTA's Fall meeting to establish single new annual paper event
Broke the 60% threshold for paper recovery by reaching 63.6% achieving our goal ahead of schedule
2009    
  2008
Won enactment of legislation to combat illegal logging in Farm Bill
Donna Harman was named AF&PA President and CEO
2007

    2006
AF&PA member companies reach goal of greenhouse gas intensity reduction of 12% nearly six years ahead of schedule
 
2005

Launched the AF&PA Recycling Awards program and paperrecycles.org to promote paper recovery for recycling
AF&PA celebrates 10th Anniversary
2003    
Announced partnership with EPA on new paper recovery goal to reach 55% by 2012
   

  2002
Led formation of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations to include 40 nations and served as first president

 
Partnered with U.S. State Department to pursue elimination of global illegal logging
U.S. Capacity survey expanded to cover over 98% of the industry
2001    

  2000
Issued first EHS report (precursor to today’s sustainability report)
SFI program receives national sustainability award from Renew America and President’s Council for Sustainable Development
1999    

  1998
Developed SFI certification and licensing programs
Initiated Agenda2020 project with the U.S. Dept of Energy
1996    
Achieved 40% paper recovery goal two years early, and set higher goal of 50% by 2000
   
     
1995

Launched Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) principles
 
Former Congressman Henson Moore (R-La.) was named President and CEO
Established the first paper recovery goal to reach 40% by 1998
1993


 
 
Merger of National Forest Products Association and the American Paper Institute form the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). Red Caveney elected 1st President and CEO of AF&PA

 
 
 
  1991

The American Wood Council merged into the National Forest Products Association
The American Paper Institute was created when the Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Institute was consolidated with 14 other specialized pulp, paper and paperboard association
 
1966

  1965
The National Lumber Manufacturers Association was renamed to be the National Forest Products Association
The American Pulp and Paper Association merged with the National Paperboard Association to create the Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Institute

1964  
  1932
The National Paperboard Association was founded
The National Lumber Manufacturers Association was formed through a merger of the Southern Lumber Manufacturers Association and the Mississippi Valley Lumberman’s Association

1902  
  1897
American Paper Manufacturers Association was renamed the American Paper and Pulp Association
A wood pulp division was added to the American Paper Manufacturers Association
 
1887  
  1883
The American Paper Manufacturers Association was formed when the American Paper Makers Association reorganized and was renamed
A German chemist, C. F. Dahl, developed the kraft (from the German word meaning "strong") pulping process. The Kraft process went on to allow the United States to become a major producer of paper products
 
1879  
  1878
The American Paper Makers Association was formed
An American, Benjamin Tilghman, developed the sulfite pulping process. The first mill using this process was built in Sweden in 1874. This was the dominant pulping process until 1937
 
1866  
  1861
The Writing Papers Manufacturers Association was established:  the oldest ancestor organization of AF&PA
William Rittenhouse and William Bradford founded the first North American paper mill at Wissahickon Creek, near Philadelphia

1690  
  In 105 A.D.
Ts'ai Lun, a Chinese court official, invented paper
Papyrus appeared in Egypt and was used for writing and drawing

Around 2400 B.C.