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Process Engineer Gives Back to Hometown Paper Mill

Giving back to your community can be done in different ways. For Tori Van Thiel, it was giving back in the form of leadership and mentorship.

Sustainability and Equity: A Conversation with WestRock’s Chief Sustainability Officer

For Brandi Colander, sustainability is really about people. As chief sustainability officer at WestRock, she recognizes the important role we all play when it comes to sustainability and our relationship with renewable resources.

How the Paper and Wood Products Industry Offers Opportunity

It’s all too common for peoples’ minds to wander to life’s “what if's” or the “what could have been.” But for Tony Murphy, Manufacturing Excellence Lead at International Paper, his decision to enter a pulp and paper career was a decision he'd never look back on or rethink. Murphy grew up in…

What The New York Times Gets Wrong About Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Paper Recycling

A recent opinion column in the New York Times (“Recycling in America Is a Mess. A New Bill Could Clean It Up,” by Michael Kimmelman) touched on paper recycling and something called Extended Producer Responsibility, or EPR. The article fell short in its characterization…

The Paper Industry Through the Eyes of a Military Veteran Control Operator: Tyrone Hussey.

When Tyrone Hussey, a military veteran, walked through the doors of an Essity mill in 2003, he had no experience in being a papermaker. But he saw the opportunity to enter an industry that would grow and later become essential for his family and many Americans.

Progress for Equitable Policies, Innovation and Sustainability in the Paper and Wood Products Industry

When Andrew Topps, Assistant General Counsel for the American Forest & Paper Association joined in 2010, he hit the ground running, finding his new position as an opportunity to champion the paper and wood products industry.

The Value of Civic Engagement According to International Paper's Dorian Wanzer

Our career paths can be inspired by many things. From an experience that sparks inspiration and curiosity to hearing a story that ignited a passion for helping others. Dorian Wanzer is a great example of how life experiences can shape career decisions and form a path that is inspirational for many…

Charging Toward Growth, Insights from Sonoco’s Palace Stepps

Years ago, an inspiring leader named Willis Potts told a then college senior he would be qualified to be in the paper and wood products industry, but first Potts needed to know how he would treat his people. That college senior was Palace Stepps, who is now the President and General Manager of…

Holiday Tips for Recycling Paper in Your Home

‘Tis the season to recycle! During the holiday season, our homes are filled with greeting cards from family and friends, cardboard boxes from online shopping, and wrapping paper and paper bags for gifting.

Are pizza boxes recyclable? The paper industry answers

Let’s admit it, sometimes you don’t want to cook at home and turn to your favorite delivery, or pick-up, dinner option—pizza. While it’s a toss-up if pineapple and anchovies belong on pizza, there’s no arguing that pizza boxes are successfully recycled every day at paper mills.

Celebrate and Do Your Part During America Recycles Week

This week the American Forest & Paper Association celebrates America Recycles Week and the many people who help make paper recycling possible in the United States. 

A New Paradigm for Preventing Serious Injuries and Fatalities

The forest products industry, like others, has embraced a new paradigm to help prevent serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs) in the workplace. Safety professionals for many years acted under a paradigm based on the concept of the “Safety Triangle,” which assumed that if minor injuries at the…