A new investigative report, Pulping Borneo, finds that the Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) Group, the world's largest viscose producer and major paper products company, continues to rely on deforestation in its supply chain despite a high-profile commitment to "No-Deforestation". The report, co-published by five organisations including Greenpeace International, also reveals a chain of offshore shell companies pointing to RGE Group control behind a new mega-scale pulp mill in North Kalimantan, Indonesia, putting some of the world's largest remaining rainforests at risk.
May 24, 2023
Kathi Rowzie, Two Sides
Have you heard that the earth is flat, literally flat? Yes, there are serious organizations making impressive-sounding arguments and throwing scientific jargon in every direction to disprove what real science and observation have taught us about our planet, but in the end the earth is still round. So it is with the claim that paper manufacturing is "a major contributor to climate change."
A federal court in California dismissed a seven-year lawsuit brought by Resolute Forest Products against a number of Greenpeace staff members and entities, including Greenpeace International and Greenpeace USA. The Canadian logging company sued the Greenpeace defendants for CA $100 million in an attempt to silence and bankrupt them, after criticism of its unsustainable forestry practices.
Lenzing Group is scaling the production of pre-consumer recycled lyocell with the support of three denim mills. The company revealed this week that it has entered the initial phase of the Fiber Recycling Initiative by Tencel.
March 10, 2023
Kathi Rowzie, Two Sides
Since its inception, the Two Sides North America Anti-greenwashing Campaign has eliminated literally billions of instances of paper-related greenwashing in the United States and Canada - and engagement with large utilities, banks and insurers in January and February has set the pace for millions more in 2023.
February 21, 2023
Another Finland strike is making headlines and giving the paper industry flashbacks to last year. The Finland Transport Workers' Union, known as Auto-ja Kjetusala Työntekijäliitto (AKT), began striking on February 15, 2023. The strike is between union and employer organizations over labor and wage disputes for stevedores, terminal workers, and other various transport professionals. If this sounds familiar, that's because the AKT was on strike just last year.
February 16, 2023
From news reports
The OCC recycling rate recently has come under question, and the industry is confronting the circularity of one of our most recyclable materials.
January 31, 2023
There's been a steady decline in the paper industry that we've all had front row seats to for years now. The play "Death of a Salesman" doesn't quite compare to the "Death of Print." To be more specific, printing and writing paper like magazines and newspapers. Unfortunately, labels get looped into this group, too.
January 18, 2023
The North American label industry has taken hit after hit when it comes to availability of materials for release liner. While 87% of release liner is paper-based, recent events like the Pixelle mill closure have succeeded in removing large amounts of materials from the market. As alternative options are being utilized, there's one option we're not seeing much of: glassine.
December 29, 2022
I know you're supposed to take time at the end of the year to reflect on everything that happened. The good, the bad, what have you. But for the labeling industry, 2022 was in a league of its own. Anything that could go wrong, did go wrong. And in spectacular fashion, too (Yes, Murphy's Law was a reality, ask anyone dealing with paper).
Consumers busy with online holiday shopping say they are committed to recycling packages but admit resorting to bad habits sometimes when their at-home recycling bins are full, according to a national survey by paper and packaging leader DS Smith.
Now entering its second decade, FSP has funded 156 projects across twelve states that will restore, enhance or protect more than 1.2 million acres of forest habitat once all projects are completed.
Many consumers say they would pay more for sustainable packaging.
Celebrating the highest honor of the multiwall bag industry, the 2022 Richard E. Storat - PSSMA Annual Industry Excellence Award was presented to Mr. John Smith from the Hood Packaging Corporation in Madison, MS. Mr. Smith is the 4th recipient of this distinguished award.
November 17, 2022
The labeling industry is about to be dealing with yet another rapid change that we'll have to adjust to. What's the crisis this time? Another massive paper release liner shortage.
November 15, 2022
Almost half of online shoppers have received water damaged packages
November 8, 2022
Better Practices, Better Planet is one of the longest standing sustainability initiatives for a U.S. manufacturing industry, established more than a decade ago.
November 2, 2022
International Paper's Global Fiber Procurement Policy is the foundation of our commitment to healthy and abundant forests. We recognize that sustainably managed forests maintain and enhance economic, social and environmental value for the benefit of present and future generations. We are committed to producing the products our customers need while being a responsible steward of the world's natural resources.
RYAM credits its culture of innovation to the unique viewpoints each person brings to the boardroom, office, and manufacturing facilities. That culture starts at the top with its board of directors, which now includes more women than at any point in the company's history. The board is led by Chair Lisa Palumbo.
Resolute Forest Products is leading the way by providing employment opportunities in Northwestern Ontario for Ukrainians fleeing the war in Ukraine. The company expects to recruit 10 employees from Ukraine at the Thunder Bay sawmill, six at the Ignace sawmill and more than 20 at the Atikokan plant. With 17 Ukrainians already in their new roles at the Atikokan sawmill, and an additional seven already hired and on their way to Canada, the plant has raised its goal to hire from 20 to 25 people from Ukraine by the end of the year.
September 23, 2022
September 8, 2022
From news reports
Two corrugated industry experts have crunched the numbers and concluded that the OCC recycling rate is likely much lower than estimates published by the paper manufacturing sector. Myles Cohen, an industry veteran and founder of consulting firm Circular Ventures LLC, and Ryan Fox, corrugated market analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, estimate the U.S. old corrugated container (OCC) recycling rate is around 69%, far lower than the 91.4% calculated and reported by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) in May of this year.
September 1, 2022
Smithers is pleased to announce the agenda release for Specialty Papers US 2022. The program features expert presenters from Mars, Nestle, Eastman, Novolex, Dell Technologies, Solenis, Domtar, Composting Manufacturing Alliance, Michelman, Midland, Valmet, Kuraray, Pixelle, and many more!
New data from sustainable packaging leader, DS Smith, has revealed that the generational gap in recycling has gone global - with older people more than any other generation holding themselves accountable for responsibly recycling of boxes.
August 18, 2022
Bike ride raised €105,000 for Ukraine