With the holidays just around the corner, the team at Step Forward Paper wanted to bring you and your family some eco-tips on enjoying the holiday season while minimizing the waste, expense and stress that comes with the holidays!
- Use green products to clean your house when expecting guests
There are many natural cleaning products available now that not only have a positive impact on the environment, but also do not contain damaging toxins that can have negative effects the body. Look for ones that don’t contain harsh chemical solvents, chlorine, ammonia, or synthetic fragrances. Baking soda or vinegar mixed with a little water also makes a excellent multipurpose cleaner.
- Choosing your Christmas Tree
If you choose to have a Christmas tree this year, look for live potted trees that are reusable (you can replant it or keep it in the pot in your yard and use it for next year).
Always look for locally chopped trees and if you choose to use an artificial tree avoid using those that contain Polyvinyl Chloride (PCV).
When the holidays are over, don’t put your tree out with the trash where it will end up in a landfill. Instead, see if your community has a tree-recycling pick-up day. Recycling services turn trees into compost or mulch for community parks and other public areas. Visit earth911.com to find a tree recycler in your area.
- Fill yourself with holiday joy, but try to keep the trashcan empty!
Over the holidays it’s easy to generate a lot of garbage, and one of the big culprits is holiday entertaining. Plastic cutlery can hang around a landfill for thousands of holidays yet to come, and even paper plates aren’t earth-friendly if they’re coated in petroleum-based wax.
Biodegradable cutlery and plates are one alternative. Better yet:
- Use cloth instead of paper napkins. Reusing is always better than recycling, and napkins won’t take any more energy, soap, or water to wash because you can throw them in with your regular laundry.
- Borrow plates and silverware. If you’re short, ask a few friends to bring a set of each.
- Rent dinnerware.
The team at Step Forward Paper wishes you a merry, relaxing and wonderful holiday filled with friends and family and a happy new year!by
On Monday November 17th, Step Forward Paper teamed up with Staples Advantage and Kimberley-Clark Professional for a customer appreciation event in Los Angeles. The event, “Wine, Wheat and Whiskey” was hosted by the Hub L.A and sponsored by Greenbar Craft Distillery.
The night began with socializing and mingling over cocktails and sprits provided by Greenbar. After networking, the guests listened to presentations on sustainability from Step Forward Paper’s Jeff Golfman, and representatives from Staples, Kimberley-Clark and Greenbar Craft Distillery.
“It is so necessary to provide customers sustainable solutions. The Wine, Wheat, and Whiskey event opened customer’s eyes to the idea that they can purchase sustainable products from floor cleaner to copy paper without compromising cost reduction” – Samantha Mudd, Staples Advantage
The team at Step Forward Paper would like to thank all those who came out for the event and Staples, Kimberley-Clark Professional and Greenbar Craft Distillery for making the event such a success!
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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!
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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.
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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.