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
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.
T9 learn more about our manufacturing info please visit our FAQ
“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