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Domtar celebrates sale of five million tons of FSC certified paper


September 10, 2014
By Pulp & Paper Canada

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Domtar Corporation announced Sept. 9 that it has sold its five millionth ton of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified uncoated fine paper, a first for the North American market. The company says its EarthChoice® Product Line…

Domtar Corporation announced Sept. 9 that it has sold its five millionth ton of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified uncoated fine paper, a first for the North American market. The company says its EarthChoice® Product Line represents the widest range of FSC certified papers available today, and the milestone solidifies its position as a longstanding practitioner of responsible fibre sourcing and sustainable practices.

Domtar became the first company in North America to offer FSC-certified copy paper in 2005. By breaking from the norm and embracing sustainable goals, Domtar believes it helped create a new model of collaboration – one that has led to long-standing partnerships with some of the world’s leading environmental organizations, including the Rainforest Alliance and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).  

“We are thrilled to have continued our work with Domtar as it delivers on its commitment to bring sustainability into the mainstream via its EarthChoice product line,” said Tensie Whelan, president of Rainforest Alliance. “The Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal and the FSC logo featured on EarthChoice products assure consumers they are supporting healthy forests – crucial for clean air and water, carbon sequestration and wildlife habitat. With over five million tons of EarthChoice product sold, this is a prime example of sustainability making good business sense.”

Linda Walker, director, Global Forest & Trade Network-North America, World Wildlife Fund, added, “We are losing forests at a rate of eight football fields every 10 seconds. One of the best things that can be done to address this dramatic statistic is to put FSC products on the shelves. Domtar is a leader in this. The more FSC-labeled products consumers see, the more we can ensure forests will thrive for generations to come.”  

Today, the EarthChoice family of products includes FSC certified paper for business, publishing, converting, printing and specialty uses, and accounts for more than 20% of Domtar’s total paper sales.

“I am proud to say that some of the most recognized companies in the world have put their own commitment to responsible environmental practices on paper by choosing Domtar’s FSC certified EarthChoice products,” said John D. Williams, president and CEO. “I would like to thank our nearly 10,000 employees, our loyal customers and our supplier partners for helping us

sell five million tons of Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper, an impressive milestone that once again demonstrates Domtar’s sustainability leadership within industry.”