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Sustainability

AF&PA Announces Award-Winning Sustainability Projects

Better Practices, Better Planet is one of the longest standing sustainability initiatives for a U.S. manufacturing industry, established more than a decade ago. The 2022 AF&PA sustainability award winners demonstrate the industry’s long-held commitment to improving practices to build a better…

Student Design Challenge Winners Focus on Innovative and Sustainable Paperboard Packaging

The Paperboard Packaging Alliance (PPA) announced the 2022 Student Design Challenge winners. Student teams from the Fashion Institute of Technology and California Polytechnic State University were named winners at the Packaging Council’s 2022 Fall Meeting & Leadership Conference.

National Forest Products Week Spotlights Sustainability Leadership

The American Forest & Paper Association celebrates the 62nd anniversary of National Forest Products Week. The week-long event spotlights the 950,000 people working in the forest products industry.

Sustainability in the Forest Industry

Forests play a major role in our lives, providing us with food, water and recreation. What makes that possible? Hear what Jeff Bradley, Director of Sustainability Standards at the American Wood Council (AWC) has to say about sustainability in the forest products industry.

Diversity and Collaboration Build Value for Paper Industry

Hispanic Heritage Month is a reminder of the value of diversity in the paper and wood products industry. Rafael Garcia, Vice President – Environmental Stewardship Strategy, Consumer Products Group at Georgia-Pacific told us about the value unique perspectives bring to sustainability challenges.

Paperboard Packaging Alliance Releases 2022 Student Design Challenge Finalists

The Paperboard Packaging Alliance announced their 2022 Student Design Challenge Finalists. Teams from Fashion Institute of Technology and California Polytechnic State University advance as finalists. This year's challenge asked students to design sustainable, fiber-based packaging that can…

Georgia-Pacific’s Christian Fischer Champions Sustainability

A diverse workforce helps advance new perspectives to an ever-changing industry. Christian Fischer, President and CEO at Georgia-Pacific and chair of AF&PA Board of Directors explains why he believes every person has a role to play in advancing stewardship.

How Do You Recycle Shredded Paper?

Can you recycle shredded paper? Yes, but shredding it makes the paper less likely to be recycled if small bits of paper aren't properly contained. Only shred things with sensitive information to protect your privacy. 

Paper Packaging is Sustainable by Design

Paper-based packaging is a sustainable choice. Rachel Ingram, Design Engineer Manager for Sonoco explains how new ideas for paper packaging come to life and her goals for the future of sustainability in our industry.  

Forest Management Key to Healthy Forests

Blair Bishop is a registered forester and the owner of Bishop Forestry and Land PLLC. Bishop believes to help forests thrive now and in the future, others need to learn about managing healthy forests.

U.S. Paper Industry Reaches Recycling High in 2021

AF&PA announced 68% of all paper consumed in the United States was recycled in 2021 – a rate on par with the highest rate previously achieved. Additionally, the recycling rate for old corrugated containers (OCC) – commonly known as cardboard – increased. 

Making Change for the Better with Nonwoven Materials

Hong Wilcoxon is the quality manager at Domtar’s Engineered Absorbent Materials (EAM) facility in Jesup, Georgia. She helps make change for the better, including innovative products with sustainable, nonwoven materials.