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.
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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
Last month, Prairie Paper and 250 other B Corporations from around the world gathered in Boulder, Colorado for the annual Champions Retreat. The annual B Corp Champions Retreat gives B Corps a chance to challenge themselves and determine ways we can accelerate the global movement of businesses and individuals as a force for good.
Tragically, just a few days before the event was scheduled to begin, the city of Boulder experienced torrential downpours that flooded most of the city and devastated the community. Namaste Solar Power, a certified B Corporation based in Boulder, was among the many victims of the flooding and suffered heavy damages to their office.
It was an inspiring experience for all involved when the B Corp community rallied together (during their own free time) and went to the offices of Namaste Solar Power with shovels, boots and wheelbarrows to help those most in need.
The basement of Namaste’s offices also happened to be where notebooks donated by Prairie Paper and Ecojot were being stored. In a prior blog posting by Prairie Paper, we made a promise to provide the entire conference with notebooks printed on our 60% commercial grade paper. Mother Nature, however, rained on the plan and left the notebooks damaged and unusable.
The inspiring actions of individuals in the B Corporation community have motivated us to look again at how we can help the B Corp community grow and flourish.
And so, Prairie Paper and Ecojot intend to keep their promise and provide those B Corps who attended the conference a notebook printed on 60% tree-free paper. We will be mailing the new notebooks out in the near future.
Since launching our wheat-straw waste copy paper, companies have expressed interest in using our tree-friendly paper for printing marketing materials, too.
And now you can.
Step Forward Professional Grade Paper, a revolutionary copy paper made up of 60% wheat-straw waste and 40% Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified wood fiber was launched this month in Canada and the U.S.
This 92-bright paper high opacity paper comes in three weights: 80, 90, 105 GSM (54, 60, 70 lbs). It can be used for a wide range of publications, including annual reports, magazines, books, posters, advertisements, flyers and/or brochures.
These commercial sheets of Step Forward Paper Professional Grade are well priced and cost about the same or less than post consumer recycled papers.
Call the closest printer to you on this list below to discuss using our commercial grade paper for your next project:
|Plan It Green Printing, Inc.||Rob Tossberg, Owner
|4955 Highland View Ave.
Los Angeles, CA, USA
|California Green Press
|Dan Sullivan, Owner
|2419 Lincoln Blvd.
Venice, CA USA
3652 Eastham St.
Culver City, CA USA
|249 Pomeroy Road
Parsippany, NJ, USA
|Hemlock Printers Ltd.
|Doug Climie, Sr. V.P. Sales & Marketing
|7050 Buller Avenue
Burnaby, BC, Canada
|MPH Graphics Inc.||Stephen Pugh, President
Tel: 905-470-2265 ext 322
Cell: (416) 720-8722
|35 Valleywood Drive, Unit 2 Markham, ON, Canada
Prairie Paper, a proud Canadian B Corp, is attending B Corporation’s Champions Retreat in Boulder, Colorado this week.
The annual B Corp Champions Retreat allows B Corps to once again challenge ourselves and determine how we can work together to accelerate the global movement of businesses and individuals as a force for good.
To contribute to the event in a way that reflects the B Corp spirit, we partnered with Ecojot, also a Canadian B Corp, to provide each participant at the retreat with a notebook printed on our 60% tree-free professional grade paper.
Ecojot creates eco-friendly stationery, paper goods and custom products that feature whimsical and inspirational designs. The company’s love for paper, the planet and art has enabled them to create a sustainable brand available in hundreds of locations around the world.
B Corporation’s Champions Retreat provides opportunities for other sustainable, eco-friendly companies to develop relationships with one another while sharing ideas that can change our planet for the better.
We are looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and forming new relationships with everyone attending the Champions Retreat this week in Boulder!
Join @CanopyPlanet for a chat on Twitter today, #EcoMonday, September 9, 2013. Participate by using the #forestconservation hashtag.
Canopy is a not-‐for-‐profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting forests, species and climate.
A few topics for tonight include:
- Why is it important to think about where our paper comes from?
- What is straw-based paper?
- How much of the world’s paper supply is derived from ecologically valuable, biologically diverse forests?
- Is straw paper good for the environment?
Let’s stay connected – find us @StepForwardPapr and #GoTreeFree!by
The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. From large multinational corporations to small, community-based cooperatives, they involve businesses and consumers worldwide in efforts to bring responsibly produced goods and services to a global marketplace.
The Rainforest Alliance pioneered the concept of responsible forestry certification in 1989 and has since certified to Forest Stewardship Council standards more than 190 million acres (76 million hectares) in more than 78 countries around the world.
Step Forward Paper supports a healthy environment and the conservation of local communities and cultures, while meeting comprehensive standards that protect the environment and the rights and well-being of workers, their families and communities.
In a recent MTV interview, Woody Harrelson talked about the Rainforest Alliance’s work when asked, “For your fans who want to get more involved in giving back, which environmental organizations should they check out?”
Buying Step Forward Paper with the FSC® label and Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal helps support a healthier planet and an improved quality of life for forest communities.
Woody Harrelson has inspired me and millions more. Please browse a few of our favorite Woody quotes below – and feel free to share.
“I really do think we can make a huge difference on this planet. We as humans created this situation that we are in today and we can also get ourselves out of it.”
- MNN: http://www.mnn.com/money/sustainable-business-practices/stories/woody-harrelson-fights-for-the-forests-with-his-tree
“The knowledge that those forests could one day be gone because of clear-cutting is just too painful for me. We need to do something about this.”
Of all the trees cut down in the world, anywhere from three to six billion a year, half of those are used to make paper. So to redefine the way that paper is made would be a really important paradigm shift. And that’s what we’ve done here.
- Triple Pundit: http://www.triplepundit.com/2013/06/woody-harrelsons-new-wheat-based-paper-will-save-many-trees/
“The answer is that paper should not be coming from trees anyway. It should be coming from the farmer. It’s a simple idea, it’s not an original idea, but it’s an idea whose time has definitely come.”
- TreeHugger: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/celebrity-treehugger-woody-harrelson-tree-saving-paper-mill.html
“It’s a dream come true for me that it’s finally happening. I hope if anybody wants to make a difference, they’ll know that two boxes of [Step Forward} paper saves one tree. Anybody can really help that way.”
“The forests are the lungs of the world. I’ve always believed if you breathe, you’re an environmentalist.”
“There are a helluva lot more of us who care about the environment in the world than we realize. We’re the majority, and we can do something about that.”
- Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alison-rose-levy/woody-harrelsons-ecoentre_b_3464710.html
Which of these quotes resonates the most with you? We invite you to share your favorite Woody quotes or memories by posting them in the comments below.
By Dayna Reggero @DaynaReggero
What stretches four times higher than Mt. Everest, covers an area larger than six football fields, and weighs more than 27 fully loaded semi trucks?
The amazing answer is 3,248 trees – the number of trees saved since Step Forward Paper was launched in 2012.
Buying two boxes of 80% tree-free Step Forward Paper instead of copy paper made from virgin forest fibre saves one tree. This benefit for forests can add up quickly, especially when the average office worker uses approximately 10,000 sheets of paper per year. (Source: State of the Paper Industry 2011, Environmental Paper Network and Kimberley-Clark www.kimberly-clark.com)
Our new “Trees/C02 Saved” infographic and comparable section shows how much of a difference you can make by switching to Step Forward Paper. Check it out here http://stepforwardpaper.com/footprint/trees-saved/
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We are the first company in North America to use wheat-straw waste to make affordable, high-quality copy paper. We are excited that buying two boxes of Step Forward Paper instead of copy paper made from virgin forest fiber saves one tree.
Step Forward Paper looks “unremarkable.” It prints, looks and feels just like paper made from wood fibre, even though the paper is made mostly from leftover wheat-straw waste.
The high quality of our paper has not gone unnoticed. People across North America have applauded our paper as being silky, strong and most importantly “a step in the right direction.”
Thank you again for choosing 80% tree-free paper and making the choice for a sustainable future.
I’m very impressed with Step Forward Paper – the quality is immediately apparent upon opening the package. If you want to make a good impression either for a meeting, presentation or for everyday use, this is an excellent product.
Step Forward Paper is a step in the right direction! As a national association of farm advisors, we have given out samples of the paper to our members — farm advisors — at conferences and they are very excited to learn that wheat paper is now available. Their clients have a new market for their crops. It is an annually renewable source that will help save forest degradation as well.
Looking forward to production happening in Manitoba
Canadian Association of Farm Advisors (CAFA) Inc.
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