Elegant solutions: The Second Harvest pulp and paper vision

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Did you know that 34 to 40% of the global forests logged by industry go into making pulp and paper and that 90% of the forests logged in Canada are old growth forests that have never been cut [1][2]? In many counties, we are still cutting down thousand-year old forests and disrupting ecosystems simply to make photocopies, toilet paper, junk mail and bank statements.

Wouldn’t you rather see disposable paper products made from readily available residuals or by-products instead of from endangered forest ecosystems that take hundreds or even thousands of years to regenerate?

There is an elegant solution: Paper products can be made from straw left over after the annual grain harvest (once soil and animal needs are met) instead of from trees. Each year, there is enough leftover straw in North America to meet many of our paper needs without logging our ancient forests.


Canopy’s Second Harvest Paper Project  marks the dawn of new revenues for farmers, green jobs for communities, and an elegant option for diversifying North America’s paper fibre basket to help protect forests.

Second Harvest is a vision for pulp and paper made without posing any harm to fragile forest ecosystems. It is a key strategy in Canopy’s campaign to reduce the stress of paper production on our endangered forests.

We anticipate significant new developments in the next 3-18 months to make this vision a reality in North America. Follow us on twitter and facebook.



  1. http://www.worldwildlife.org/publications/wwf-s-living-forest-report-chapter-4-forests-and-wood-products  page 8.
  2. Canada’s Forests at a Cross Roads, page 11, 2000, Global Forest Watch Canada