The Margaret Atwood Straw Paper Trial
Protecting our Endangered Forests With Innovation in Paper Making
“Human beings require oxygen and forests produce it; printed books require paper but paper need not be made from virgin forests.” –Margaret Atwood
In the fall of 2011, Margaret Atwood and Canopy piloted a new highly advanced species of paper with galactic potential for business and communities, and superhuman capacity to protect endangered forests.
Second Harvest Paper is made without any harm to fragile forest ecosystems. It contains only straw left over from the grain harvest, and recycled paper. It is the next step forward in Canopy’s campaign to reduce the stress of paper production on our endangered forests.
Canopy’s limited special edition of Margaret Atwood’s In Other Worlds were printed exclusively on Second Harvest Paper -- the first book on straw paper ever in North America! And with it these two titans of futuristic thinking and innovation began countdown to the launch a whole new resource sector for North America.
There is enough leftover straw in North America to meet a starry array of our paper needs – from books, to magazines, to toilet paper, and bank statements. We’re assessing the demand with our online market survey. So far we know there is enough demand to keep five Second Harvest mills in operation and that interest is growing. There’s enough straw available in Canada and the US to save up to 800 million trees every year, so forests can continue providing precious habitat and stabilizing our climate.
Second Harvest Paper is the dawn of new revenues for farmers, new green jobs for communities, and new options for diversifying North America’s paper fibre basket. The special edition of In Other Worlds shows that this is all possible in our own world right now if government and industry follow Canopy’s lead to launch this new resource sector into orbit.
Canopy would like to thank our visionary teammates for the In Other Worlds mission, McClelland & Stewart, Cascades Fine Papers, Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, and Friesens… and of course, the intrepid Margaret Atwood.
Read more about Canopy's Straw Paper Campaign.