New AF&PA Video Showcases the Value Provided by the Paper and Wood Products Industry through Sustainable Manufacturing

Feb 10, 2014

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WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today released its latest web video titled “We Are the American Forest & Paper Association,” highlighting their members’ commitment to make products valued and relied upon by people around the world in a sustainable manner.

AF&PA represents nearly 90 percent of the paper and wood products manufacturers, which produce recyclable products made from a renewable resource. 

“Paper and wood product manufacturers make products that communicate and inform; package and protect; provide shelter and capture life’s memorable moments,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “Paper and wood products provide value to society and are produced through sustainable manufacturing processes. Our ‘We are AF&PA’ video tells the story of the people and products of our members, which we proudly represent.”

AF&PA members have taken positive actions to improve performance through the association’s sustainability initiative, Better Practices, Better Planet 2020, under which the industry has reduced greenhouse gas emissions, improved energy efficiency, reduced water usage, and improved workplace safety. The industry’s recycling success story has continued to grow, with more than 60 percent of paper consumed in the U.S. having been recovered for recycling each year since 2009.  U.S. papermakers recycle enough paper everyday to fill a 15-mile long train of boxcars.

“We are proud to represent an industry with a proven track-record and commitment to sustainable manufacturing, and we hope this video provides a glimpse into who we are and what we represent,” said Harman.

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Editor’s Note: Video available on AF&PA’s YouTube channel at

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy.  AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020.  The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4.5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $200 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women.  The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.