Our commitment to protect and preserve the world’s forests is deep and abiding. It’s in our DNA, and it drives the systems and choices we offer you as your print partner. Responsible Forestry is the second of the seven principles in the EarthColor Ecosystem, and it is embedded in Goal 15 of the United Nations Sustainability Goals, which we fully support.
What does that mean for you and your print communications? First, we are deepening our commitment to provide you with new choices in materials and systems that are sustainable and responsible. In our current Sustainability Report for 2015-2016, we reported a 65% increase in FSC® certified paper usage with more post-consumer and post-industrial waste (PCW and PIW) content in 2014. We also recycled our own PIW manufacturing paper waste. Those changes translated into 445 acres of forest lands with more than 280,000 trees preserved for future generations. You were part of that difference, thanks to your purchases of recycled paper products.
We will continue to promote and utilize international forest certification programs (FSC®, SFI® and PEFC™) for paper and paper products to ensure the efficacy of the world’s forests. We’ll explore new products and more alternative sources to add to a sustainable repertoire that now includes Step Forward Paper™ (60% wheat straw waste) and Earth•Everlit® (50% PET plastic sourced from recycled plastic bottles). We’ll look for more savings for you in energy and other resources that impact your business as well as the future of our forests.
We can and will do more. “Zero deforestation” is not a slogan to us. It is a real and attainable goal that we intend to accelerate in our work with ENGOs (environmental non-government organizations) on sustainability programs across the globe. The development of a comprehensive management system to protect, conserve and preserve the world’s forests and all the bio-systems that live within them is also high on our agenda.
You can count on us to work with you, as well as our other partners along the supply chain, in government and in ENGOs to help protect and preserve the world’s forests.
Visit https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/forests to learn more about UN Sustainable Development Goal 15. If you’re interested in receiving a copy of our 2015-2016 Sustainability Report, please fill out the form here.