Our Industry's 'Green' Suppliers
While many publishers are taking big steps to improve their environmental impact, so are a number of suppliers. In fact, some recent developments have been especially notable.
Cascades invests $2 million to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions
Cascades Fine Papers Group, for example, has been the official paper supplier for printed Earth Day messages in Quebec and Canada for several years. Cascades produces papers that contain an average of 30-percent post-consumer-waste (PCW) recycled fiber. Its management has long taken into account the importance of the environment and made significant efforts toward minimizing the company's ecological impact.
Recently, however, the company has taken these efforts to a new level. It has announced the completion of a $2 million project to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Through a partnership with Intersan, a subsidiary of Waste Management of Canada (a provider of comprehensive waste management services), and Gaz Métro, one of Canada's largest natural gas distributors, the project will enable the transformation of greenhouse gases into a usable source of energy.
According to Cascades, the capture and combustion of landfill gas will produce results equivalent to removing approximately 120,000 cars from the road annually.
Cascades also offers a variety of coated and uncoated PCW papers for book publishers.
Other paper mills and distributors have also taken big strides. Domtar offers a cover and book jacket stock with 10-percent PCW, and Westminster Opaque is a high-end paper that is commonly used for religious texts, financial documents, reference books and textbooks. It contains up to 20-percent PCW content.
Domtar Westminster Tradebook is produced in the most popular basis weights and in six finishes, and it can be made with 20-percent PCW content and is available FSC-certified.
Domtar Westminster Coated Cover is a sheet used primarily as a cover for paperback and soft cover books and is manufactured with 15-percent PCW content.