On October 29th-30th, Step Forward Paper™ attended the 1st annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Summit in Toronto, Ontario.
Step Forward Paper™, joined hundreds of professionals and practitioners in corporate social responsibility, corporate sustainability, community relations and volunteerism to share ideas, exchange next and best practices, and explore practical business solutions to the challenges that Canadian CSR leaders face.
Jeff Golfman, Co-Founder, President and Chief Marketing Officer of Prairie Paper Ventures Inc., gave the keynote speech on the final day of the event. Jeff’s speech, “The 10 keys to Success in Eco-Entrepreneurship” was paired with a presentation by Christopher Hakes, Director of Client Engagement at Offsetters, who joined Jeff on stage to announce the release of Step Forward Paper’s 2014 Lifeycle Study.
Step Forward Paper™ was the official paper of the conference and all of the program guides were printed on our Step Forward Professional Grade paper™.
The 2014 Lifecycle Study by Offsetters , released at the Summit, looked at how Step Forward Paper™ compared to a variety of papers based on 15 environmental indicators.
This study demonstrates that the greatest environmental benefits are achieved when the new fibre input is sourced from agricultural residues, and paper fibres (from any source) are recycled to the maximum extent possible. Step Forward Paper™ 80% has less than half of the impacts of 100% virgin tree-based paper, and is the most sustainable of the paper types studied that include virgin content.
In the keynote address, Jeff Golfman shared his “10 keys to success in eco-entrepreneurship” and inspired the audience with stories of struggle and success throughout his journey in entrepreneurship. Mr. Golfman’s simple tip “Never Give Up” was truly put into perspective when he told the audience about the fact that initially engineers and scientists told him that the idea behind making paper from wheat-straw waste was simply not feasible. He then told the audience that the program guides they held in their hands were printed on Step Forward Paper™, the same paper that he was told would never come to fruition.
The key to any success is truly to never give up!
We met some fantastic people at the Summit and look forward to attending next years event. Thank you to everyone who made the inaugural CSR Summit such a great success!
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In a 2013 interview with MTV, Woody Harrelson, co-founder of Step Forward Paper, was asked if he encourages recycling and sustainability while on movie sets and during filming and production.
WOODY: That’s interesting you say that, because it’s my big dream, and I think it’s going to happen … that “The Hunger Games” 3 and 4 are going to be the most ecological sets ever. I’ll talk to you more about that when it becomes a true reality, but I think that’s what is going to happen.
It’s difficult, because I’ve got to tell you that the film industry … there is a lot of waste, and it’s not the most ecological industry, I’ll tell you that. I’ve been really wanting to see that shift, and I’m trying to do my part.
Green Spark Group is on a mission to be at the nexus of the sustainable production movement and provide a hub for showcasing sustainability in the motion picture industry, fostering innovation, and advancing industry practices and reputation.
Most recently, Green Spark Group has started using Step Forward Paper on the production of a documentary titled “Behind the Screens”.
Kudos to Green Spark Group on their amazing work and commitment to sustainability.
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First of all, what is a B Corp?
Well, to start, B stands for ‘Benefit’. Certified B Corporations meet higher standards of social and environmental performance. It’s like LEED certification but for a business, not just a building. The outcome is a comprehensive measurement of a company’s impact on its employees, suppliers, community and the environment.
Step Forward Paper has been a registered B Corporation since 2013 and is an active member of the Toronto B Corp community.
Ian Martin Group is an outstanding leader in the B Corp community and we are thrilled that they have started using Step Forward Paper throughout all of their Canadian offices.
Ian Martin Group is a human resources consultant specializing in Contract Engineering, Information Technology and Technical Personnel.by
At Step Forward Paper, we are in the business of saving trees.
In fact, 2 boxes of our paper saves 1 tree.
We are always thrilled when we discover other companies who share our passion for saving trees and protecting our environment.
Ten Tree is a lifestyle apparel company based out of Saskatchewan, Canada, that plants ten trees for every item purchased. By combining social and environmental consciousness with lifestyle apparel, Ten Tree allows consumers to have a direct impact on the environment and communities worldwide.
Ten Tree uses Step Forward Paper for all their copy paper needs and we look forward to partnering on more projects with them in the next couple months. Stay tuned to our blog for more details on upcoming promotions!
To learn more about Ten Tree please click here
We at Step Forward Paper are proud supporters of the Canadian Wildlife Federation and showed our support this summer by donating the paper for their survey campaign mailed out in July.
This was the first time Step Forward Paper had been used to manufacture envelopes.
The success of this promotion will hopefully see Step Forward Paper envelopes available soon. Visit the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s website to learn more
Almost 17 years ago, eco-entrepreneur Jeff Golfman and actor Woody founded Step Forward Paper and created a new paper paradigm by manufacturing high-quality copy paper made from 80% wheat-straw waste. Faced with the challenges of a growing demand for paper worldwide, the need for viable alternative fibers is still much-needed solution to protect our forests, eco-systems and our environment.
Ultra Green Homes is saving trees and protecting our environment by manufacturing sustainable food packaging and a variety of related products out of wheat-straw and other alternative fibers.
“It all began by asking one simple question: why should disposable products be made from trees, one of our greatest natural resources? Ultra Green leverages renewable natural resources for the greater good. Simply – we believe in making the best eco-friendly, sustainable food packaging and dinnerware products for a healthier planet.”
– Ultra Green Homes www.ultragreenhome.com
Keep up the great work guys!
You can learn more about Ultra Green Home’s by visiting their website and looking for their products in stores near you.
One of Toronto’s most famous breweries, Steam Whistle, has added to their stellar list of green initiatives by choosing Step Forward Paper1
Steam Whistle has a long list of ways they are working to help save the planet and most recently have switched to using Step Forward Paper made with 80% wheat straw waste.
Check out some of Steam Whistle’s awesome green initiatives by clicking here
If you are a business that is currently using Step Forward Paper and would like to be added to our “Who is using Step Forward Paper” page please send an email to email@example.com.
To learn more about the benefits of using Step Forward Paper please click here
At Step Forward Paper, we proudly support and are an active member of 1% for the Planet. Each year, we give back by donating 1% of our sales to support environmental organizations across the world.
But why are more and more companies choosing to give back, go “green” or invest in the future of the planet?
Simply put, sustainability is good for business.
Adopting eco-friendly practices can increase your bottom line, keep your customers happy and protect the future of our planet. Going green boosts profit, overhauls company image, and protects the health of the environment.
See a few ways to go green by clicking here (http://blog.staplesadvantage.com/2014/05/16/why-sustainability-is-good-for-business/)
Step Forward Paper is made with 80% wheat-straw waste, which means 80% less trees. 2 boxes of our paper saves 1 tree!
You can find out how much of an impact you can make by switching to Step Forward Paper by using our Eco-Calculator here http://stepforwardpaper.com/eco-calculator/
Please visit http://onepercentfortheplanet.org for more information on how your company can give back and support a variety of organizations that protect our planet.
Guest blog by Hemlock Printers
We are very pleased with the response to our recent launch of Step Forward Paper, a new alternative paper substrate introduced to market earlier this year. It looks and acts much like a traditional paper but with one significant difference: the paper is made from 60% wheat straw fibre, an agricultural waste product, with the balance made from 40% FSC® certified wood fibre. This groundbreaking product has garnered plenty of attention in North American media channels, partly thanks to one of the co-founders, Woody Harrelson, who has invested and is lending his star power to promote its products.
A few important things you should know about Step Forward Paper if you are considering it for a project:
- Pricing is at a competitive level, in-line with 100% post-consumer fibre papers.
- Available only in 54lb, 60lb and 70lb text weights – 100% post-consumer waste cover weights are available from Hemlock, and would be a logical complement to the Step Forward text paper.
- Stocked locally by Unisource, who works with Step Forward on maintaining a healthy inventory of sheet sizes for all three text weights
- Paper shade is “warmer” than a traditional tree-based paper – one that is noticeable with a side-by-side comparison but much less noticeable when looking at a final printed sample.
- Made offshore in India as there is no mill in North America that can currently manufacture this type of paper. Step Forward Paper’s future plans include building a state-of-the-art mill in the Canadian Prairies that will manufacture 100% tree-free paper. Currently, the lead time on this paper is significant, so any larger projects should be planned well in advance.
- Part of our Carbon Neutral Zero program. The work by Step Forward and Offsetters on the full lifecycle carbon footprint on this paper provides for inclusion in our Zero program.
With several jobs completed, the paper has performed exceptionally well for us and we’re excited to have it incorporated in an increasing number of projects for our clients. Considering this paper choice for your next project? Contact us or your Hemlock sales representative and we’ll be happy to help you understand the potential of alternative substrates!
“50% of forests cut in North America go towards making paper. It doesn’t have to be this way”- Canopy Planet
At Step Forward Paper, we are passionate about trees, forests and protecting our environment.
2 boxes of Step Forward Paper saves 1 tree! (click here to see our Life Cycle Study)
But why are trees so important?
Trees transform the quality of city and community life. Trees are good for the environment- they remove harmful airborne pollutants from the air, and reduce polluted storm water runoff into streams and rivers.
Trees are good for health. In green settings people are more physically active and have lower obesity and asthma rates. Kids with ADD function better after activities in green settings, and patients recover more quickly from surgery when they can enjoy green views.
We don’t just save trees from being cut down- we are growing urban forests by supporting the work of Alliance for Community Trees.
Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to making America’s cities and towns greener, healthier and more livable by planting and caring for urban trees.
For more information see: www.actrees.org
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