Straw Paper

Did you know that over 40% of the forests logged globally wind up in paper and that 80% of the forests logged in Canada are old growth forests? We’re cutting down thousand-year old forests and ecosystems for photocopies, toilet paper, and bank statements.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Paper products can be made from straw leftover after the grain harvest once soil and animal needs are met. Each year, there is enough leftover straw in North America to meet many of our paper needs without logging our ancient forests. 

Will consumers switch from tree to straw-based paper?

Canopy’s straw paper market survey has already quantified an annual demand for more than one million tonnes of straw paper products. That’s enough to keep 5 mills in operation. Learn more and complete the market survey to help build market demand for straw paper.

Can industry support a change to straw paper?

Canopy's successful book and magazine straw paper trials have proven that straw is a viable alternative to tree-based papers. Learn more about book trials with: Margaret Atwood's In Other Worlds, Alice Munro's Dear Life and Yann Martel’s Life of Pi and our magazine trial with Canadian Geographic.

Thanks to Canopy’s innovative collaborations, every household and small business can choose the first-ever straw-based copy paper.  Step Forward Paper is now available at Staples in Canada and the USA.

Canopy hosts an Ecopaper database for our corporate partners, which includes imported straw and agricultural residue papers. We are also supporting leading green printers who are testing and stocking straw papers. 

What is needed to make straw papers a reality in North America?

Business and government need to invest in the North American pulping infrastructure to seize this market opportunity, develop straw paper production capacity, build jobs for a greener economy and give customers an ecological solution for their paper needs.

Read more about Canopy's Second Harvest Campaign and the environmental benefits of Straw papers.



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