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 bi-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
Calling all eco-friendly and earth loving artists! This Earth Day, we want YOU to design the cover for a limited edition Ecojot notebook printed on Step Forward Paper!
Feeling inspired? Imaginative? Creative? Submit your best eco-friendly cover design for a chance to have your artwork published.
By submitting your artwork, you have a chance to win a signed Hunger Games DVD by Woody Harrelson, eco-friendly clothing and gift-cards from Ecojot. The first 10 submissions to our Sketchbook Cover Contest will automatically receive a free Step Forward Paper bamboo t-shirt!
For full contest rules and regulations please visit www.ecojot.com
The main raw material used to make Step Forward Paper is wheat straw waste leftover after the grain has been harvested for food. Farmers within a 50km radius from the mill where the paper is produced supply the raw material.
Step Forward copy paper consists of 80% wheat straw and 20% FSC® certified hardwood fibre. Step Forward professional grade folio paper consists of 60% wheat straw and 40% FSC® certified hardwood fibre.
When the wheat straw waste is received from farmers, the fibres are washed to remove dust and sand, and other impurities. The washed straw is fed to a digester, along with steam and caustic for cooking.
After cooking, the unbleached wheat pulp is washed several times and the leftover black liquor, is separated from the pulp. Black liquor consists of organic and inorganic material. All of the chemicals and energy are recovered by combusting the black liquor in a recovery boiler.
The steam produced is used for energy in pulp and paper making operations and the recovered chemicals are reused in the cooking process.
The washed pulp bleached using Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) sequences to increase the brightness.
The bleached pulp is cleaned further to remove fines and dirt. The wheat straw pulp is then blended with FSC certified hardwood pulp and sent to the paper machine to make Step Forward paper. The blended pulp is converted into paper rolls on the paper machine.
The paper rolls are then cut into the desired sheet sizes and are packaged into reams and cartons and placed onto pallets for safe shipping to the customers.
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“To be without trees would, in the most literal way, to be without our roots.” –Richard Mabey
Choosing Step Forward Paper instead of paper made from virgin forest fibre has saved over 10,000 trees and removed more than 5,567,021 lbs of C02 from the environment.
To put that in perspective, 10,000 trees would stretch 13 times higher than Mount Everest and cover more than 18 football fields! 5,567,201 lbs of C02 is enough to offset power to New York City for 33 hours and 30 minutes or offset the emissions of 505 cars for one year. See our infographic here http://stepforwardpaper.com/footprint/trees-saved/
Keep up to date with how many trees and C02 we have saved by following us on social media and visiting our website.
For a more in-depth look at how two boxes of Step Forward Paper saves one tree, see our Lifecycle study here
For information on where to purchase Step Forward Paper, click here
* NOTE: This calculation is based on the assumption that the purchase of Step Forward Paper replaced the purchase paper made from virgin forest fibre. The number of trees saved and CO2 removed is less if it replaced the purchase of recycled paper or another type of ag-waste paper.
The first of a series of crowdfunding initiatives developed for Prairie Paper by Matthew. McGrath CEO of Optimize Capital Markets has received considerable interest from potential investors. The proceeds raised by these ventures will go towards developing a variety of areas within Prairie Paper including marketing, business development and new product innovation.
Both a live investor event and an online webinar swiftly sold out as investors from across North America expressed an interest in Prairie Paper. In fact the magnitude of the response to this initial offering was so strong with over 200 accredited investors expressing interest in Prairie, Mr. Golfman and Mr. McGrath decided not to proceed with further investor meetings planned for New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Boston.
An investor event for Prairie Paper’s $5,000,000 Initial Crowdfunding Offering (ICO was held at the National Club on Bay Street in Toronto, Ontario, on Jan. 22 . In the image to the left is Jeff Golfman CEO of Prairie Paper (left) and Matthew McGrath CEO of Optimize Capital Markets (right) . The image to right is of Andy Delisi Business Development Manager of Prairie Paper (left) with Jeff Golfman and Pravin Rodriguez (right)
If you are interested in getting involved in this series of crowdfunding with Prairie Paper and Optimize Capital there is still time. Please click here more details about how you can get involved and grow with us.
Prairie Paper would like to thank Matthew McGrath, the team at Optimize Capital Markets, and all those who attended both the online webinar event and the live investor event at the National Club.
To learn more about Optimize Capital Markets please visit www.optimizecapitalmarkets.com
Prairie Paper is pleased to announce four of it’s newest board members; Clayton Manness (Chairman), Jeff Golfman (President) , David Richardson, and Lynda Zimmerman.
The new board members are leaders in their respective fields and provide Prairie Paper with clear vision and exceptional direction.
Jeff Golfman is a graduate of the Ivey School of Business and is an award winning eco-entrepreneur who began his career in this area 23 years ago when he started Winnipeg’s Blue Box curbside recycling program. He is co-founder of Prairie Paper, along with Woody Harrelson and Clayton Manness, and oversees the daily operations of the company as the CEO and President.
Clayton Manness is a co-founder of Prairie Paper, the Chairman of Prairie Flax Products Inc. and the President of Man Agra Capital Inc. Mr. Manness, a fourth generation farmer, is also the president and general manager of Prairie Flour Mills Ltd.
Mr. Manness has an extremely broad knowledge of trends within agriculture; of national issues related to trade, finance and taxation; and, familiarity with decision makers at various levels of governments and in many corporations.
David sits on the Board of Directors of James Richardson and Sons, Limited and it’s agricultural subsidiary Richardson International. This family business is Canada’s largest privately held grain company and has been in the agricultural sector of Canada for over 160 years.
David is the Founder and CEO of Octaform Services which manufactures stay-in-place concrete wall forming and ceiling panel systems that reduce energy consumption and extends the life of high-performance concrete structures.
David is a former Board of Directors member of the World Wildlife Fund and Ducks Unlimited Canada.
Lynda Zimmerman is a Texas native from the farming area of the Panhandle, and has been acting as in-house counsel since 2003 for Bedrock Holdings, LP, a Dallas based investment and marketing company with multiple affiliates in the design, branding and development of consumer products.
Previously Lynda spent 20 years with the Winstead Law Firm of Dallas, where she served on the Firm’s Board of Directors, Compensation Committee and as head of the Commercial Real Estate Section.
Striving to make a positive impact on our environment this year?
Environmentally friendly choices are not always the most convenient options in the short-term. Leadership, vision and dedication are much-needed traits for any environmentalist today.
Andrew Ference is a Stanley Cup winning NHL defensemen and captain of the Edmonton Oilers. The Canadian hockey player is described as “fearless,” “an eco-warrior,” and is a terrific leader both on and off the ice.
Andrew Ference (left) with David Suzuki (right)
Ference is a passionate environmentalist and is largely responsible for making the National Hockey League Player’s Association (NHLPA) aware of its environmental responsibility. You can often find him riding his bike to practice or shopping at local, organic farmers markets.
“Stuff you do to ‘go green’ is something I view as a responsibility, something you should do every day and make part of your life. I try to live my life responsibly and do the right things and the environment is always high on my priority list on how I make decisions about what I’m eating and what I’m buying,” said Ference in an interview in Samaritan Magazine.
When Ference joined the Calgary Flames in 2003 he started corresponding with well-known activist and environmentalist David Suzuki. Suzuki’s impact on Ference inspired the defensemen to challenge the NHLPA to go carbon neutral. Ference began working tirelessly on creating a program that allowed his fellow teammates to neutralize their carbon footprint. The program achieved an overwhelming success in its first year and is inspiring others to take the challenge of environmental stewardship seriously.
“To me, it’s pretty simple. When you’re a professional athlete and people look up to you, you have a responsibility to represent something. Hopefully, fans see a program like this, think about the issues and try to do more in their personal lives. It’s not changing the world, but it’s a start.” (Source: Samaritan Magazine)
Prairie Paper wishes Andrew and the entire Edmonton Oilers team the best of luck this year, and thanks members of NHLPA for their leadership role in making sustainable choices.
To learn more about the NHLPA’s Carbon Neutral Program please visit http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=415495
To learn how Step Forward Paper compares with other eco-friendly paper please visit http://stepforwardpaper.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Step-Forward-Life-Cycle-Study-PPP-121024.pdf
Prairie Paper receives five awards in November!
November was an exciting month for Prairie Paper. The company and its co-founder and president Jeff Golfman were presented with five awards within one month.
Jeff Golfman, was honored by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and named the recipient of the 2013 3M Environmental Leadership Award. The prestigious award recognizes Jeff Golfman’s excellence and leadership within Prairie Paper and his positive impact on the environment. He accepted this award from the Governor General of Canada at the RCGS College of Fellows annual dinner on November 13th in Ottawa.
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society produced a short video about the Canadian eco-entrepreneur’s contributions to sustainability, which can be viewed here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIMp4jcgeGw
Prairie Paper was selected as the winner of the 2013 COPA Eco-Friendly Product Award of Excellence. This award recognizes a new or significantly improved product that shows marked ability to invest it with a new form to promote significant aspects of a range of eco-friendly principles. Jeff Golfman accepted this award on Thursday November 28th at the Stars Gala & Holiday Celebration in Vaughan, Ontario.
Jeff Golfman with Darren Delaney of Lyreco at the COPA awards gala on Nov. 28th
Deloitte recognized Prairie Paper as a 2013 Technology Green 15™ winner. This listing honors companies creating innovative, important, and economically viable intellectual property in the burgeoning field of green technology. Prairie Paper was announced as a winner on November 13th during the Technology Fast 50 celebrations across Canada.
At the 2013 Canadian Printing Awards, Prairie Paper was awarded silver in two categories; Most Environmentally Progressive Vender and Most Environmentally Friendly Printing Technology.
What are your success stories about using our paper? Write us a testimonial at http://stepforwardpaper.com/testimonials/ for your chance to win a free box of Step Forward Paper this month!
To learn more about Prairie Paper’s recent awards please visit http://stepforwardpaper.com/news-and-media/award/
Corporate Knights, the magazine for clean capitalism, has made history as the first magazine in North America printed on paper made mostly from wheat straw. Every page of Corporate Knight’s November issue is printed on Step Forward Professional Grade Paper, which is 60% wheat straw waste and 40% FSC® certified wood fibre.
“As a magazine that pushes corporations to be more environmentally responsible, Corporate Knights makes every effort to walk its own talk. With this special straw issue, we wanted to show other print publishers that recycled paper isn’t the only sustainable option available to them,” said Tyler Hamilton, editor-in-chief of Corporate Knights. “Using paper made from agricultural waste such as wheat straw offers another way to take pressure off our forests, which as the lungs of our planet are more important than ever in the battle against climate change.”
The wheat straw issue hit the streets on Nov. 25. On the same day The Globe & Mail, a sponsor of issue, published an opinion letter from Woody Harrelson entitled, “How I joined the paper revolution,” and inserted the magazine in about 100,000 subscriber’s newspapers.
“There is a lot of talk but little action toward countering ecological crisis. It’s inspiring that Corporate Knights is doing something real by being the first magazine in North America to print an entire issue on paper using mostly wheat-straw waste,” says Woody Harrelson, in his letter published in The Globe and Mail.
Prairie Paper’s future goals include the construction of a state-of-the-art mill located in Manitoba. The facility will be 100% tree-free, sulfur-free, chlorine-free, off-the-grid and the first of its kind in North America. Creating a market for wheat straw paper is an essential step to achieve this goal.
To read the CK press release please click here
To read the article in the Globe and Mail please click here
To read the article in Corporate Knights magazine please click here
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Prairie Paper is proud to announce that Step Forward Paper has been selected by the jury at Material ConneXion as one of the top 10 innovations of the year.
Nowhere in the world are materials celebrated as they are at Material ConneXion. Founded by George M. Beylerian in 1997, he envisioned a space where materials are specified and where the future of the built environment is planned. Innovative materials from around the world are scouted and submitted to a seasoned jury of experts and material scientists. Their task? To separate the best from the simply ordinary.
Step Forward Paper uses 80% wheat-straw waste and 20% FSC certified wood fibre. The innovative paper looks ‘unremarkable,’ feels smooth and prints just like paper made from wood fibre. However, you buy two boxes of Step Forward Paper instead of copy paper made from virgin forest fiber you save one tree.
Step Forward Paper is now on display in New York, Bangkok, Beijing, Cologne, Daegu, Istanbul, Milan, Seoul, Shanghai and Sweden, with a corresponding entry in the Material ConneXion’s online database.
To learn more about how Step Forward Paper is manufactured and produced please visit our FAQ section here http://stepforwardpaper.com/product/faq/ or watch at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgzmZvM3w8E#t=71