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Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 Goals Print Brochure

Our ambitious new set of goals, Better Practices, Better Planet 2030, will further advance the role our industry plays in the circular economy and build on our achievements to improve our planet, our people and our communities.

AF&PA Statement of Principles for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

AF&PA is committed to positively impacting diversity, equity, and inclusion while also advancing the essential role the industry has in the local, regional and national economies. Read our DE&I Statement of Principles.

AF&PA Sustainability Awards Past Winners

AF&PA's Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Awards recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry and are awarded based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories. See our past winners. 

AF&PA Design Guidance for Recyclability

This guide provides data for packaging designers and consumer brands to better understand how non-fiber elements, such as coatings and additives, impact the recyclability of paper-based packaging.

AF&PA 2020 Sustainability Report

AF&PA members have met or exceeded many of the sustainability goals we set in 2011. See our progress in the latest Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Report.

Paper and Wood Products are Recyclable

Paper recycling is a success story. Pulp and paper workers sat down to explain why. 

Resolute Forest Products: 2020 Sustainability Award Winner for Energy Efficiency & GHG Reduction

Resolute invested $4 million to upgrade the mill’s cogeneration turbine, and within the first full year of operation, the mill recorded a 65% reduction in purchased energy. 

Evergreen Packaging: 2020 Sustainability Award Winner for Sustainable Forestry

 AF&PA member Evergreen Packaging was recently recognized for their leadership in sustainable forest management and work to help family forest landowners increase access to forest certification programs.   

Clearwater Paper: 2020 Sustainability Award Winner for Safety

Clearwater Paper implemented an enterprise-wide Environmental Health & Safety Excellence strategy focused on five key foundations to reduce and eliminate safety impacts to employees, contractors and communities.  

Sappi North America: 2020 Sustainability Award Winner for Water

AF&PA member Sappi North America, a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products and pulp, is challenging industry standards and innovating new methods for sustainability by repurposing and reducing waste at all locations. 

Appvion: 2020 Innovation in Sustainability Award Winner

AF&PA former member Appvion is a manufacturer of thermal paper in North America and has been committed to developing environmentally responsible solutions since inception, over 100 years ago. 

WestRock: 2020 Innovation in Sustainability Award Winner

AF&PA member, WestRock designed and developed a proprietary fiber-based packaging solution, Pak On Demand™ Pouch System. Using an innovative format, the system creates right-sized fiber-based pouches that are 100-percent-curbside recyclable.