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Posted By:Jul 27, 2018
The award ceremony of the Sofidel Suppliers Sustainability Award 2018 will be held on 4th October in Columbus, USA, coinciding with the inauguration of our new American plant. The first greenfield investment in the continent was made in Circleville, Ohio, where Sofidel built its largest, most modern and most sustainable integrated production site, characterized by the installation of new generation paper mill and converting technologies and by the fully automated warehouse management of the finished product.


For further information visit the website: http://www.sofidel.com/en/sustainability/sofidel-suppliers-sustainability-award 


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Posted By:Aug 5, 2015

PAPER WEIGHT



Every ton of toilet paper produced requires about 1.75 tons of raw fiber. The amount of wood harvested annually may need to triple by 2050 to meet projected global demands for all industries—including pulp and paper.


SHADY ORIGINS



Fifty percent of the fibers used to produce pulp for tissue goods come from recycled sources. Natural forests, plantations and tree farms supply the other 50%—and it’s often difficult to trace those virgin fibers to the specific forests they came from. The toilet paper you buy in a US grocery store, for example, could have been made with pulp from Brazil, Chile, Canada, Europe or Southeast Asia.


UNEVEN IMPACT



Deforestation in Brazil, which is driven by demand for wood and agricultural products, has declined by almost 80% since 2004. In Indonesia, meanwhile, deforestation has roughly doubled over the last decade—and most of that increase is driven by pulp and paper and palm oil production.


30 POUNDS



Average amount of toilet paper used by Americans per capita in a year. That’s roughly 130 rolls. The US is the world’s biggest buyer of toilet paper.


QUID PRO QUO



Brazil’s pulp and paper industry uses 5.4 million acres of planted forests, which were established on land that had been previously cleared for other purposes. And for every acre of forest used, about 1.3 acres have been restored or preserved in the country.


LOST TREASURE



Sumatra is an ecological metropolis: the Indonesian island’s forests shelter 580 bird species and more than 200 mammal species, including critically endangered Sumatran tigers and elephants. But more than half of those forests have disappeared since 1985, and US markets have recently seen an influx of products made with fibers from Sumatran trees.


THE FOREST AND THE TREES



If you’re not sure where the toilet paper in your grocery store, school or hotel comes from, ask the management or call the manufacturer—and make sure they offer FSC®-certified products. FSC certification, the most rigorous such program available, ensures that forests are well managed, habitats are protected and local communities’ rights are respected.


Source: WWF 

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Posted By:adminApr 1, 2015

In addition to the company becoming the first upstream supplier to join the new German based Partnership on Sustainable Textiles, EcoPlanet Bamboo Group has now lined up plantations that can provide more than 3 million tons of raw fiber annually to the pulp industry. These plantations are certified under the same international certification standards currently recognized by the pulp industry, which will allow bamboo pulp to be fed directly into the supply chain.

 
EcoPlanet is investing into leapfrogging technology to ensure that their bamboo fiber maintains its viability as a green alternative, throughout the length of the supply chain.
 
Only time will tell if bamboo will be the fiber that causes a paradigm shift as more fiber based materials are needed from everything from growing global tissue/paper/textile production to clean energy from cellulosic sources (cellulosic ethanol from fast growing tree farms) designed to absorb carbon as they are produced.
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