Category: Straw Paper

New Sustainability Leaders Rise to the Top of 2018 Blueline Ranking

The Printing House and Taylor Communications ranked as #1 and #2  most Forest-Friendly Printers Vancouver, November 14, 2018. The Printing House, Taylor Communications and Mitchell Press are the three highest ranked printers in Canopy’s 2018 Blueline Ranking, the only comprehensive assessment of the environmental performance of North America’s printers. Published by global environmental not-for-profit Canopy, the … Continued

It Started with a Fairy Tale Ending

HOW WE STARTED THE PROJECT TO SPIN STRAW INTO PAPER   The math didn’t work out. It was 2004. We were gaining ground on protecting two big areas of temperate rainforest in British Columbia – Clayoquot Sound and the Great Bear Rainforest. But we didn’t want to push the problem of deforestation and degradation into … Continued

Must Do. Can Do. Are Doing!

From Ecological Deficit to Regenerating Natural Capital Think of the soil, the fresh water we have had for millennia, the carbon atoms stored tightly away in coal and oil deep underground as a very full bank account that we inherited. Until recently, the budget of use and regeneration was balanced. Animals, insects, plants and humans … Continued

Turning Straw into Gold – Investment in Straw Pulp Mills

SEEDING SOLUTIONS I want to talk to you about why investing in agricultural fiber pulp manufacturing is necessary and makes good financial sense. I am not an investment professional, so why would I be so bold as to say this? Here are my lucky seven reasons why: Every paper trade magazine I have read, for … Continued

What’s Old is New Again – Paper from Plants

SEEDING SOLUTIONS The time for a pulp and paper revolution has come. Mixing vats of tree pulp with various chemicals to produce newsprint, book grade, copy paper, cardboard packaging and viscose has been a blessing and a curse. Pulp and paper is wonderfully useful in so many contexts, but too much of a good thing … Continued

Groundbreaking News – Literally!

Modern Pulp Mill Using Agricultural Fibers, Not Trees, Starts Construction in US by Valerie Langer   In August of 2017 bulldozers and backhoes moved in to break ground on a new pulp mill. Why is Canopy, an environmental organization, so excited about this? Well, it’s no ordinary pulp mill. Columbia Pulp is building a mill … Continued

Agricultural Residue Paper-Packaging to Become a Reality

First Modern Straw Pulp Mill in North America Now under Construction   Vancouver, BC. September 27, 2017 – For the past 15 years, environmental not-for-profit Canopy has been advocating to make commercial agricultural residue paper a reality. Today marks a significant milestone towards realizing that vision. Columbia Pulp, the first modern mill of its kind, … Continued

YIMBY! explained in short video

Could your community be the ideal location for a straw based pulp mill? Over the past decade, Canopy has dramatically increased market demand for agricultural residue based paper, which can save trees, energy and water. And now we are working with investors interested in building new pulp and paper infrastructure in North America. Through YIMBY!, or Yes, … Continued

THE GUARDIAN: Sprint to switch to wheat straw paper in two-month sustainability trial

June 4, 2015. Originally published in The Guardian by Ucilia Wang. In August, millions of Sprint customers will receive letters from the telecom giant that will look like ordinary pieces of white paper, but will be made from fibers from wheat fields instead of forests. Sprint is launching a two-month pilot project to test run printing papers … Continued

The Need for Straw Pulp Mills in North America

Over the years people have said we were nuts to think about making papers with wheat straw in North America and at least three people in the virgin paper industry have told me it will never happen. Persistence pays off and as a result I am pleased to say that our leadership has fostered a trend that is now gaining real momentum.

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