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Posted By:Nov 21, 2018

Brussels, Belgium – 19 November 2018; World Toilet Day, celebrated today, is about taking action to ensure that everyone has a safe toilet by 2030. This is part of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: sanitation and water - which the world is currently not on target to meet.

This year’s theme ‘When nature calls’, focuses on the building of toilets and sanitation systems that work in harmony with ecosystems. 62.5% of the world’s population do not have access to safe sanitation, with 4.5 billion people living without a safe toilet with 1.8 billion people potentially drinking water contaminated with faeces.

European Tissue Symposium (ETS) fully supports this initiative and its objectives. Capturing and treating human faeces is crucial to optimise the safety of water and promote human health.

Among populations with safe toilet facilities, proper hand hygiene following a visit to the bathroom is nevertheless essential in preventing the spread of infection. There is clear advice on the importance of hand washing and evidence increasingly indicates that correct hand drying also has a vital role to play.

A new multi-site study*, led by Professor Mark Wilcox of the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals, and undertaken in hospital washrooms in France, Italy and the UK examined the extent of environmental contamination from potential bacterial pathogens according to hand drying method. It found washrooms equipped with paper towels for hand drying have significantly less bacterial contamination while antibiotic-resistant bacteria - including MRSA and ESBL-resistant enterococci – were detected more frequently in washrooms using jet air dryers.

“Choice of hand drying method plays an important part in maintaining health,” explains Fanis Papakostaschairman of ETS. “Viruses and bacteria can survive on the hands for some time if they are not washed and dried correctly. We encourage everyone to support World Toilet Day to ensure we optimise the health of populations around the world.”

World Toilet Day undertakes crucial work in bring safe toilets to populations around the globe. The coalition of international stakeholders includes several United Nations agencies, the World Health Organisation and the International Labour Organisation. For further information on World Toilet Day 2018 see here: www.worldtoiletday.info/wtd2018.



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Posted By:Nov 12, 2018
Kimberly-Clark won top honors for its global Energy & Climate program at the 9th annual Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards. The Climate Action Award recognized the company's innovative strategies to reduce the climate impacts of its operations through energy conservation, transformative LEAN energy management programs and the increased use of alternative energy sources including renewable energy.

"Kimberly-Clark impressed judges by the multiplicity and coherence of climate initiatives coupled with robust science-based performance evaluation," noted Ed Long, Project Director for Ethical Corporation. "The judges noted the Scope 3 emissions reporting, and its plan to address them, as an important factor setting it apart. It has also embraced important partnerships by working with WWF, CDP and WRI. Well done!"

Through these initiatives, Kimberly-Clark has reduced its Scope 1 and 2 absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 18% compared with a 2005 baseline, putting the company on track to achieve its 2022 goal of a 20% reduction in GHG emissions four years ahead of schedule.

"We're incredibly honored to be recognized by Ethical Corporation with the Climate Action award. In 2015, Kimberly-Clark made some major commitments to energy and climate programs that minimize climate change impacts, reduce GHG emissions and transform our financial performance," said Lisa Morden, vice president for global safety and sustainability, Kimberly-Clark. "This award is a testament to the dedication of our employees around the world who put in the work to address this critical issue."

In addition, the EPA honored Kimberly-Clark for its continuous improvement in working with transportation providers to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, in line with the company's Sustainability 2022 goals. Kimberly-Clark was one of only 14 companies to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay's 3,700 partners.

Since joining the SmartWay program in 2006, Kimberly-Clark has been recognized nine times, the last six years consecutively. The 2018 SmartWay awards were presented last month at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Conference.

"We're proud to be recognized by as a top environmental performer by the EPA. This award bolsters our commitment to pursuing supply chain efficiencies that result in reduced GHG emissions and increased climate protection. It's not only good for our business, it's good for communities we touch," said Scott DeGroot, vice president of transportation for Kimberly-Clark.

Learn more about Kimberly-Clark's Sustainability 2022 strategy and read stories from our employees and teams around the world at http://www.sustainability2022.com.

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Posted By:Nov 9, 2018
Common inaccuracies about print and paper are still a major issue for the industry. These misconceptions are further reinforced by financial organisations, utility companies and many other service providers, as they increasingly encourage their customers to switch to electronic bills and statements. But instead of focusing on the potential cost savings of digital, often the incentive to switch is based on unfounded environmental claims such as “Go Green – Go Paperless” and “Choose e-billing and help save a tree”.

These messages are unsubstantiated, misleading and can have a lasting effect on consumer perceptions of paper.

What are the rules on environmental claims?

According to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), marketing claims must be clear, truthful, accurate and not misleading. Marketers must base environmental claims on the full life cycle of the advertised product, unless the marketing communication states otherwise, and must make clear the limits of the life cycle. Marketers must ensure claims that are based on only part of the advertised product’s life cycle do not mislead consumers about the product’s total environmental impact.

What do customers think about these claims?

Financial organisations, utilities, telecoms and governments are increasingly encouraging their customers to go “paperless”. But switching to digital is not always welcome as many consumers value paper-based communication.

A survey conducted by Two Sides in 2017 found that 88% of UK consumers believe they should have the right to choose how they receive communications (printed or electronically) from their service providers. A further 73% believe they should not be charged more for choosing paper bills or statements and 41% would consider changing provider if forced to go digital-only. Equally, 64% agree that claims about the switch to digital being better for the environment are made because the sender wants to save money.

According to Keep Me Posted 7 million people in the UK can’t use the Internet, even if they wanted to: because of poverty, disability and rurality. There are over 10.5 million people who lack the confidence to use the Internet transactionally. Together that is nearly 1 in 5 of the British population.

Anti-Greenwash Success

Two Sides actively engages organisations found to be using unsubstantiated environmental claims about the use of paper. To date, over 70% of companies engaged by Two Sides have changed or removed misleading messages.

For all customer facing copy, it is important to avoid making any unsubstantiated claims
regarding switching from paper to electronic formats.
Brendan McNamara, Head of NGO Engagement, HSBC

There is a time and a place for both print and digital communications.
Any future messaging will focus on the cost savings available with paperless billing.
Iain Wood, Head of Public Affairs, TalkTalk

For more info visit: www.twosides.info

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Posted By:Nov 7, 2018
“In the background of a challenging international context, the increased European paper recycling rate from 72% in 2016 to 72.3% in 2017 is a significant step forward for paper recycling inEurope. The value chain also achieved higher collection, a sign that we remain committed to theobjectives set out in our Declaration” says Lisa Kretschmann, Chairperson of the EPRC.

More specifically, the Chinese waste import restrictions have had an impact on markets, andChinese imports of European paper for recycling have started to decline. This decline is graduallybeing balanced by a stronger use of paper for recycling in Europe, and other countries, due toinvestments in additional paper recycling capacities.

The Chinese waste import restrictions alsoshed light on the importance of ensuring the quality of the collected paper for recycling. Improving
separate paper collection is one of the priorities of the EPRC, exemplified by, for instance, theImpactPapeRec project.

For further information please contact Ulrich Leberle, Secretary of the EPRC and CEPI RawMaterials Director, at u.leberle@cepi.org or by phone at (+32) 2 627 49 23 


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Posted By:Sep 3, 2018
Sherbrooke, Québec, August 16, 2018 – KP Tissue Inc. (“KPT”) (TSX: KPT) and Kruger Products L.P. (“Kruger Products or “KPLP”) today announced its plan for a capital investment of $575 million in the Brompton area of Sherbrooke, Québec, to build a new, state-of-the-art tissue plant featuring Canada’s largest and most modern through-air-dry (TAD) machine. The project will create more than 180 new jobs in the region. The announcement of this major project, supported by the Government of Québec, was made in the presence of Dominique Anglade, Quebec Deputy Premier, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister of Québec’s Digital Strategy, Luc Fortin, Québec Minister of Families and Minister Responsible for the Estrie Region, and Guy Hardy, MNA for Saint-François, as well as Dino Bianco, Chief Executive Officer, Kruger Products L.P., and Joseph Kruger II, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kruger Inc.


The new plant, which will be adjacent to an existing facility of the Kruger Group, will produce at maturity approximately 70,000 metric tonnes per annum of bathroom tissue and paper towels which will enable Kruger Products to increase its offering of ultra premium and innovative tissue products under the Cashmere®, SpongeTowels® and Purex® brands.


The project is supported by the Government of Québec through Investissement Québec (“IQ”), which has agreed to invest $105 million by way of a convertible debenture. The remaining financing for the project is currently being finalized.


“This project is on an unprecedented scale for Kruger Products and will give us the additional capacity to continue to grow our business into the future. This new facility combined with our Memphis TAD location will allow us to rebalance our ultra premium tissue capacity to better serve our customers across North America. The Brompton site will also be part of a critical manufacturing hub in the region, working with our other locations in Crabtree, Gatineau and Sherbrooke to produce great quality tissue products for our company” said Dino Bianco, Chief Executive Officer, Kruger Products.”


State-of-the-art Technology


Through-air-dry (TAD) technology is the world’s most advanced ultra premium tissue products manufacturing technology. It uses less fibre to obtain a plusher, stronger, exceptionally soft and more absorbent product.


While Kruger Products has been operating a TAD machine at its Memphis, Tennessee plant since 2013, its TAD 2 machine will be the first of its kind in Québec.



Significant Construction Project


Construction of the project is expected to begin in early 2019, and the plant is slated to commence production in early 2021. The project will generate major benefits, including over $250 million in direct expenses in Québec and one million person-hours for the construction of the new plant.


Anticipated Capital Structure for the Project


The project is expected to be financed with 40% equity and 60% debt in a newly-created, wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of KPLP (“TAD2Canco”). The equity is expected to be funded by the IQ investment of $105 million by way of subscription to a convertible debenture, and Kruger Products expects to obtain financing for the remaining equity. Long-term construction financing for the debt portion is currently being finalized. The IQ convertible debenture will carry a 3% capitalized fixed interest rate for a term of 10 years, and will be required to be redeemed on a monthly basis by KPLP commencing 36 months from the date of issuance. In the event of a failure to make a monthly redemption in accordance with the terms of the debenture, IQ will have a conversion right in respect of the portion of the balance of the debenture that is not paid on terms of conversion that would provide IQ with a 48.6% equity interest in TAD2Canco if the entirety of the debenture were to be converted.



Forward-Looking Statements


Certain statements in this press release about KPLP’s current and future plans, expectations and intentions, results, levels of activity, performance, goals or achievements or any other future events or developments constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, items such as: the undertaking of the project; the timing of commencement and commissioning of the project; the capacity of the TAD machine, the creation of new jobs; the financing structure for the project; and KPLP’s future business strategy. The words “may”, “will”, “would”, “should”, “could”, “expects”, “plans”, “intends”, “trends”, “indications”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “estimates”, “predicts”, “likely” or “potential” or the negative or other variations of these words or other comparable words or phrases, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by KPLP, including, but not limited to, expectations and assumptions concerning the satisfaction of conditions to Investissement Quebec’s underwriting of the debenture and KPLP’s ability to secure sources for the remaining construction debt financing on acceptable terms. Although KPLP believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking information is based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements since no assurance can be given that such expectations and assumptions will prove to be correct.


Many factors could cause KPLP’s actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements or future events or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the following factors, which are discussed in greater detail in the “Risk Factors – Risks Related to KPLP’s Business” section of the KPT Annual Information Form dated March 9, 2018 available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com: Kruger Inc.’s influence over KPLP; KPLP’s reliance on Kruger Inc.; consequences of an event of insolvency relating to Kruger Inc.; risks associated with the Memphis TAD machine; operational risks; Gatineau Plant land lease; significant increases in input costs; reduction in supply of fibre; increased pricing pressure and intense competition; KPLP’s inability to innovate effectively; adverse economic conditions; dependence on key retail trade customers; damage to the reputation of KPLP or KPLP’s brands; KPLP’s sales being less than anticipated; KPLP’s failure to implement its business and operating strategies; KPLP’s obligation to make regular capital expenditures; KPLP’s entering into unsuccessful acquisitions; KPLP’s dependence on key personnel; KPLP’s inability to retain its existing customers or obtain new customers; KPLP’s loss of key suppliers; KPLP’s failure to adequately protect its intellectual property rights; KPLP’s reliance on third party intellectual property licenses; adverse litigation and other claims affecting KPLP; material expenditures due to comprehensive environmental regulation affecting KPLP’s cash flow; KPLP’s pension obligations are significant and can be materially higher than predicted if KPLP Management’s underlying assumptions are incorrect; labour disputes adversely affecting KPLP’s cost structure and KPLP’s ability to run its plants; exchange rate and U.S. competitors; KPLP’s inability to service all of its indebtedness; exposure to potential consumer product liability; covenant compliance; interest rate and refinancing risk; and risks relating to information technology, cyber-security, insurance, internal controls, and trade.


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Posted By:Aug 30, 2018
"We are announcing today that production from the Barrie and Peterborough plants will gradually be redeployed to our other facilities in Ontario . This decision will enable us to better align our existing production capacity and to improve service for our valued customers." said Charles Malo , President and Chief Operating Officer of Cascades Containerboard Packaging.


The two plants will be closed no later than December 31 st 2018, affecting approximately 65 employees. The Company is making this announcement well in advance of the anticipated closing date in order to minimize the impact on our employees and to initiate efforts to relocate as many of the affected employees as possible to our other business units. Any employees who are not relocated to other plants will be offered assistance in finding alternative employment.


Cascades would like to thank employees for their dedication and loyal service, and their ongoing commitment to ensuring the successful transfer of existing business to other plants.

Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibres. Cascades employs 11,000 women and men, who work in over90 production units in North America and Europe . With its management philosophy, half a century of experience in recycling, and continuous efforts in research and development as driving forces, Cascades continues to deliver the innovative products that customers have come to rely on. Cascades' shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CAS.


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