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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
For more information on purchasing Step Forward Paper click here
By Jeff Golfman, president and CEO, and co-founder of Prairie Paper Ventures Inc., which is the creator of Step Forward Paper™.
For decades if not centuries, business success has been defined as being the best in the world. Today success is being the best for the world.
Making the transition from the singular bottom line of profit to the triple bottom line of ‘people, planet and profit’ can seem daunting. Fortunately there are outstanding organizations available to help companies of all sizes reach this goal.
Working with leading groups in this community has been an integral part of our success. I firmly believe we could not have achieved alone what we have achieved through collaboration.
In the collective spirit we have consistently experienced with companies in the triple bottom line community, we would like to share information about these resources with you and encourage you to learn how you can get involved.
At a corporate level, Prairie Paper is a certified B Corporation. B Corps are leading a global movement to redefine success in business. By voluntarily meeting higher standards of transparency, accountability, and performance, certified B Corps are distinguishing themselves in a cluttered marketplace by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business. Over 900 businesses have joined the B Corps community.
To consistently ensure a consistent percentage of our company’s financial profits benefit society and the environment, our company is a member of 1% for the Planet.
Our product Step Forward Paper is FSC® certified by the Rainforest Alliance, an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods, and it is certified at the gold level by Green America.
We believe businesses must create value for society, not just shareholders. In addition to environmental benefits of using Step Forward instead of paper made entirely from virgin forest fiber, there are social benefits at many levels.
In the agricultural community it provides farmers with an alternative to burning or landfilling leftover wheat waste, and gives farmers a diversified source of income. Developing a market for paper made of agricultural waste helps create jobs in a new green sector.
Working together to create collective success is what is needed to address global social and environmental challenges
We encourage you to visit the websites of the organizations with whom we have worked, to learn how you can get involved. You are welcome to contact me for more information about our experience.
The team at Prairie Paper headed to the west coast at the end of March to attend the Globe Conference in beautiful Vancouver, BC.
As a sponsor of Globe 2014, Prairie Paper generously donated all the paper for the program guides, which were printed on our Step Forward Paper Professional Grade paper.
We also handed out hundreds of free sample packs to those who visited our “farm inspired” booth.
While in Vancouver, Prairie Paper, along with Offsetters, Kimberley-Clark Professional, Unisource and Spirits Canada, hosted a whisky tasting event at the Bill Reid Gallery on Thursday March 27th. The event made for a fun, relaxing and informative night that featured presentations from Prairie Paper’s Jeff Golfman, Kimberley-Clark and Offsetters.
Prairie Paper would like to thank everyone at Globe 2014 and all those who made our Whisky Tasting event such a great success!
Catch us at the end of April at the Green Living Show in Toronto!
Bullfrog Power is Canada’s leading green energy provider and strives to create a cleaner, healthier world by providing Canadians with clean, renewable energy. Prairie Paper chooses 100 per cent green electricity for our Canadian sales offices in Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto. That means that Bullfrog Power puts green electricity onto the grid to match the amount of power that those offices use. Across Canada, Bullfrog’s green electricity comes from a blend of wind and low-impact hydro power sourced from new Canadian renewable energy facilities.
Bullfrog Power recently purchased two boxes of Step Forward Paper for its Toronto office. Using two boxes of Step Forward Paper instead of paper made from virgin forest fibre saves one tree.
Prairie Paper also works closely with fellow Canadian B Corporations. Over the past year we teamed up with Corporate Knights Magazine to publish the first issue printed on paper made from mostly wheat-straw, created wheat-straw paper notebooks with our friends at Ecojot and chose Bullfrog Power as our green energy provider.
If you would like to learn more about how you can power your home or business with clean, renewable energy please visit www.bullfrogpower.com
To learn more about Step Forward Paper and our environmental footprint please visit http://stepforwardpaper.com/footprint/
On Tuesday March 25th, the team at Prairie Paper will travel to Vancouver to attend the 2014 Globe Conference.
Come visit us at booth #1522 to get a free sample of our 80% wheat-straw paper and see how you can make a real difference by choosing tree-free paper alternatives such as Step Forward Paper.
On Thursday March 27th, Jeff Golfman, president and CEO of Prairie Paper, will be presenting at the Corporate Networking Breakfast from 7:15-8:15am. Mr. Golfman will be presenting on the“10 keys to eco-entrepreneurship success”.
We are excited to see everyone in Vancouver next week! Click here for a special thank you to the Globe conference delegates from Prairie Paper’s co-founder, Woody Harrelson.
To find out more about where to find Prairie Paper in 2014 visit our Events page here
Prairie Paper was proud to sponsor Winnipeg artist Kal Barteski for her recent art installation titled Celebrate Choice. The installation is now on display at the Women’s Health Clinic in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Kal chose to use Step Forward Paper for her artwork and strongly encourages the use of environmentally friendly products.
Please read Kal Barteski’s statement from Celebrate Choice installation:
Every minute of our lives are filled with choices. Choice creates our life stories. It makes us who we are. Choice, as it relates to Women’s Health is a fabric of hard-fought battles, heartbreak, history and inspiring warriors. It is my intention to celebrate women’s choices in such a way that they are recognized as transformative life forces – so women see their own beauty, power and value.
My goal with this installation of script work was to create a visual experience that would speak silently, but overwhelmingly. I used brush script lettering in only black & white on paper not made from trees. I wanted to create a LARGE work of art from many small papers and ideas. It was my goal to access emotion and life experiences through simple words and repetition. Words create mental imagery and draw memories that are different for each of us. It is a powerful tool. These words create a unique and emotional experience that is profoundly personal. I wish to pay tribute to the stories and journeys we have all taken and the community and support we, as women, must find and cherish in each other.
The paper for this project was generously donated by Step Forward Paper. This paper is created locally with wheat by-products. Using products that are better for our environment is also a choice.
Congratulations to Kal on her continuing success and we hope to see more of her inspiring work in the future!
To learn more about Kal Barteski please visit http://lovelife.typepad.com