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Canadian manufacturers contribute to sustainability document


May 7, 2013
By Pulp & Paper Canada

To provide a common language and framework for the paper products industry to take steps toward sustainability, GreenBlue has released Guidelines for Sustainable Paper Products.

To provide a common language and framework for the paper products industry to take steps toward sustainability, GreenBlue has released Guidelines for Sustainable Paper Products.

The Guidelines for Sustainable Paper Products is a joint effort of GreenBlue, a non-profit organization that equips business with the science and resources to make products more sustainable, and its Forest Products Working Group, made up of ten leading companies, including Tembec, Catalyst Paper and Domtar.

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“Tembec worked with GreenBlue and other industry partners on the Guidelines for Sustainable Paper Products because we believe adopting a common language and shared values about sustainability will help our industry embrace sustainable development,” said Chris Black, Tembec executive vice-president and president, paper and paper pulp group. “This continues Tembec’s long history of working with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure responsible stewardship of resources and sustainable operations.”

According to Tembec, the guidelines provide much-needed common definitions of sustainable paper products, and outline what sustainability means for the paper products industry, for its customers, and for the community at large.

The Guidelines envision a paper products industry in which every product is designed to be safe and healthy for individuals and communities throughout its life cycle; sourced responsibly; manufactured, transported, and recycled using clean technology and renewable energy; and, after use, effectively recovered and recycled to provide a valuable resource for the next generation of products.

The Guidelines will evolve over time, and Tembec says it will continue contributing to GreenBlue’s Forest Products Working Group, whose other members are: Avery Dennison, Avon Products, Bank of America, HAVI Global Solutions, RR Donnelley, Sappi Fine Paper North America, and Staples.

Tembec is a manufacturer of forest products – lumber, pulp, paper and specialty cellulose – and a leader in sustainable forest management practices.


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