Life Cycle Study, How Our Footprint Compares
Published by Offsetters October 25, 2012
Prairie Paper’s Step Forward Paper™ is the first widely available wheat straw-based copy paper in Canada, made from 80% wheat straw fibre with 20% Forest Stewardship Council® certified wood fibre. Offsetters, Canada’s leading carbon management solutions provider, released a research report comparing the life cycle environmental impacts of Step Forward Paper™ against those of other copy paper types sold in North America.
The report concludes that Step Forward Paper™ is one of the most environmentally sustainable paper types currently available in North America.
When using weighted ranking system for environmental indicators that places greater importance on climate change, Step Forward Paper™ is the best-performing copy paper type studied, with the lowest overall environmental impact.
Why Tree-Free Paper?
- Reduce the cutting of trees
- Support the farmers
- Does not affect food supply
- Harvests every year on the same land
- Easier to pulp and bleach
- Uses less water and energy
- Lower eco-footprint
CO2 Impacts of Paper
Sources for Eco Claims
* On the ream wrapper : For the equivalent emissions from cars on Virgin the numbers are from the paper calculator and for Step Forward Paper™, the number of cars is calculated from the fact that 1 car emits 5.508t CO2 e/year (source: Paper calculator), so 32,385 cars/yr emits ghg equivalent to step forward ghg. The calculations show that there should be 227 reams equivalent to 1 car Co2 emission/month.
**Paper Calculator : (http://calculator.environmentalpaper.org/home)
**We have commissioned a Life Cycle Study (LCS) on Step Forward Paper™ to determine its impact and footprint. Click here for detailed results of this study.
Ask yourself: Do I really need to print this email, Webpage, document etc?
If you are going to print, here are some tips printing responsibly:
- Use Step Forward Paper™ 80% tree-free paper or choose a 100% recycled paper
- Always use double-sided printing
- Reduce your margins and font size when possible
- Use Print Preview and only print the pages you need
- If you need to print PowerPoint slides, consolidate your project to one page. Under Print Settings, you can change the print layout to “Handouts” and designate the number of slides – up to 9 – you want to appear on each page.
- Share documents online whenever possible. Use online sharing tools like Google Drive or DropBox or Yousendit to minimize unnecessary paper use.
- Check the printer status before trying to print more than once
Use the “green” file format .WWF to create non-printable PDF’s. The WWF format is a PDF that cannot be printed out. Save as .WWF, save a tree. It’s a simple way to avoid unnecessary printing. Download the WWF software.
When you are done with the paper re-use it as wrapping or stuffing material or recycle it in the recycle bin.
Printing responsibly reduces the pressure to log intact and endangered forests for paper, reduces carbon emissions, water and chemical usage and will save you money. So please print responsibly.
- The total value of annual forest products sold world wide are $186 billion (Based on reports by the American Forest and Paper Association and the Global Trade Information Service (GTIS))
- Each year 3 billion to 6 billion trees are logged for paper and other uses.
Source: Rainforest Action Network
- 50% of the trees that are cut down go to making paper. Worldwide we consume over 400 million metric tonnes of paper each year and that equates to over 3 billion trees harvested annually.
- Office copy paper use approximately 10,000 sheets / year = 40 sheets / day = 4 Million Metric Tonnes/year
The recently published 2011 installment highlights key trends in the industry over the past decade: Source: State of the Paper Industry 2011, Environmental Paper Network and Kimberley-Clark www.kimberly-clark.com
- Total global consumption of paper is still rising, reaching 371 million tonnes in 2009;
- Almost half of the Earth’s original forest cover is gone, much of it removed in just the last three decades;
- More than 1.6 billion people worldwide depend directly on natural forests for their livelihood, food, clothing and shelter;
- North Americans consume almost 30 times more paper per capita than the average person in Africa and 6 times more than the average person in Asia. In 2009, total paper consumption in China eclipsed total North American consumption for the first time.
- According to industry figures, recovery of paper for recycling continues to grow in North America, diverting it from the high environmental cost of its disposal in landfills. The United States paper recovery rate rose from 46% in 2000 to a record high 63.4% in 2009. In Canada the paper recovery rate in 2009 was 66%.
- Exports of recovered fiber from the United States to Asia have grown rapidly representing a nearly three-fold increase since 2002. These exports are primarily destined for China. In 2009, approximately 36% of fiber recovered in the United States was exported to Asia.
Per the Pulp and Paper Products Council, the size of the printing and writing papers market in 2011 in North America was 24.2M tons. While demand for paper has decreased in some sectors, the size of the 8.5” x 11” market in North America has increased significantly between 1993 and 2009 as noted by the following sectors:
|In ’000’s MT1||1993||2009|
|Office Reprographics (End use – USA)||3,547||4,455|
|Business – Uncoated Free sheet (North America)||4,105||4,922|
Or, if you already use Step Forward Paper, use the calculator to show how many trees you have saved by switching to Step Forward Paper: Enter the type of paper you used before switching and the number of reams/boxes of Step Forward Paper used since switching.