Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 24 June 2013 -- Prairie Pulp and Paper Inc has recently launched a new copy paper product, Step Forward Paper, which is made of 80 percent wheat-straw waste and 20 percent FSC-certified wood fiber. The paper is currently produced at a mill in India.
Prairie Pulp and Paper Inc says that buying two boxes of Step Forward Paper instead of copy paper made from virgin forest fiber saves one tree.
"Staples is excited to bring Step Forward Paper, a new alternative fiber product to consumers and businesses," said Mark Buckley, Staples vice president of environmental affairs. "This award-winning paper is an easy and cost-effective way for consumers and businesses to conserve forests without sacrificing quality."
Two-time Academy Award nominee and long-time environmental advocate Woody Harrelson is a co-founder and investor in Prairie Pulp & Paper Inc., which designed and produces Step Forward Paper. "Half of the world's forests cut down are used to make paper," said Harrelson, who received an honorary doctorate from York University for his long-time dedication to environmental work. "Step Forward Paper is a real plus for the forest, it's a real plus for the farmers, and it's going to be great for our future."
A landmark Life Cycle Study comparison research report by Offsetters, a leading North American carbon management solutions provider, was commissioned by Prairie Pulp & Paper Inc. to provide consumers with access to objective measures of the relative positive and negative impact of different papers on the environment. The research results show wheat-straw based paper and 100 per cent recycled tree-fiber paper types have the lowest environmental impact across the seven indicators studied.
Step Forward Paper is presently made at a mill in India identified through an exhaustive international search as the only one having the capacity to make 80 percent ag-fiber paper that is elemental chlorine-free with FSC-certified wood fiber.
"Our goal is to establish a market that will support our plans to build a new state-of-the-art facility in North America, which will in turn enable us to produce this straw paper with an even smaller footprint," said Jeff Golfman, president of Prairie Pulp & Paper Inc.