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.
To find out more about Ian Martin Group please click hereby
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 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!