|October 03, 2007|
State of the Paper Industry Sees 'Green Wave' Changes Coming Quickly
|Asheville, N.C. -- The new report, released by the Environmental Paper Network, examines how the paper is made today in the face of growing environmental awareness in the U.S., and calls for major changes across the industry to reduce impact and increase sustainability.
The Environmental Paper Network (EPN) is a coalition of environmental organizations seeking socially and environmentally sustainable transformations within the pulp and paper industry. The group's "State of the Paper Industry" report has been billed as the first to comprehensively address how the industry sources its materials, addresses supply chain issues, deals with end-of-life for its products, and its impacts on communities and the climate.
The need for this assessment, the group says, is that a "green wave" is sweeping North America, with ever-increasing numbers of consumers and companies seeking to address and minimize their impact on the environment. In recent months, companies across many niches of the industry have adopted green paper policies, including Victoria's Secret, Williams Sonoma, Staples, FedEx-Kinkos and Random House.
"The good news is that a shift within the paper industry has begun, and corporate leaders are emerging across every sector to embrace new tools for responsible choices, responsible production and major climate, health and forest benefits," said Joshua Martin, Environmental Paper Network Coordinator.
Martin said the report offers a vision and a challenge to the paper industry and hopes to set a baseline of environmental data that companies can use to make significant progress in coming years.
The report's findings detail a list of negative environmental impacts, including:
The full report, "The State of the Paper Industry: Monitoring the Indicators of Environmental Performance," is available for download