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Golden Fields of Opportunity for Business and Forests

The majority of the people that made money during the US gold rush sold shovels, blankets and booze. Gold was the sexy pursuit, but those who serviced the dream reliably did well, while the rivers ran mud for a decade. This is the perfect segue into talking about non-wood pulps, not because they are like … Continued

It Started with a Storybook Ending – Part 2

And then the Work Began! “Build it and they will come!” that’s the aphorism. Imagining it would be just that easy. Canopy set out, in 2004, to build the market for non-wood (agricultural residue fibre) paper within corporate sectors, like publishers and printers, expecting that then  non-wood pulp and paper companies would get busy building … 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

GREENBIZ.COM: How Canopy’s founder is winning converts with her gospel of deforestation

This article is from Greenbiz.com, November 14, 2017 Written by Heather Clancy   To Nicole Rycroft, founder and executive director of non-profit Canopy, ancient forests are the “cathedrals of the natural world.” Species of all shapes and sizes make up the diverse congregation worshipping within. Birds fill the choir lofts with their sometimes-cacophonous hymns. They … 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

GREENBIZ: 3 Telltale Signs You’re Shifting the Supply Chain

From Greenbiz.com, August 21, 2017   Three Telltale Signs You’re Shifting the Supply Chain by Nicole Rycroft One of my favorite things is to sit on a rock and listen to the sounds of a forest, knowing that someone else might do the same thing in the same place 100 years from now. While this is … Continued

Canopy Continues to Bring CanLit and Forest Conservation Together with The Refugium: A Story That Takes a Stand for the Last Stands of Old Growth on Vancouver Island

Most Canadians, even those concerned about the environment and conservation, would probably be shocked to learn that so little of Vancouver Island’s old growth forests remain. In fact, 90% of Vancouver Island’s productive old-growth rainforest has been logged, and the remaining 10% of the original stands of ancient and endangered forest are under threat.   To … Continued

VIDEO: The Refugium writers discuss ancient forests

Canopy asked authors, Margaret Atwood, Terry Fallis, Suzanne Buffam, John Valliant, Laura Trunkey, Madeleine Thein, Karen Solie, Emma Donoghue, Andrew Pyper, and Ann-Marie MacDonald to play a game of exquisite corpse to write about Vancouver Island’s last remaining ancient forests. In these videos writers Terry Fallis, Madeleine Thien, Andrew Pyper and John Valliant talk about … Continued

Great writers take a stand for the last stands of ancient forest on Vancouver Island

  Canopy has enlisted a group of renowned writers to create a piece of activist art to shine a light on the plight of Vancouver Island’s ancient forests—only 10% of which are still standing. Playing a game of Exquisite Corpse, Margaret Atwood, Terry Fallis, Suzanne Buffam, Laura Trunkey, John Valliant, Madeleine Thien, Karen Solie, Emma Donoghue, … Continued

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