Thursday, August 24, 2006

Mergers and Acquisitions

Will today's news be a net gain or a net loss for sustainability? Can these companies lead ethically and responsibly into the future?

Weyco and Domtar Fine Papers to Merge

Stora Enso Buys International Paper holdings in Brazil

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Schwarzenegger's Great Opportunity

Rainforest Action Network today called on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act, which passed the state Assembly on Wednesday with strong bipartisan support. The bill would lift the ban on one of the most economically and ecologically promising alternatives to industrial logging and give farmers the ability to legally supply US manufacturers with hemp seed, oil and fiber.

“We need to look past all the misconceptions about hemp and embrace its potential as a sustainable raw material for everything from paper to textiles to soap,” said Brant Olsen, director of Rainforest Action Network’s Old Growth Campaign. “In signing this bill, Governor Schwarzenegger will create a boon for California farmers and our regional economy, and he will show the nation that there is an environmentally sustainable alternative to turning our last remaining forests into paper.”

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Do You Buy Paper?

Of course, we all do. So we all need someplace convenient to find out how and where to choose and buy environmentally responsible papers. Enter Conservatree, and their new user-friendly website, with an entire new section for regular, everyday paper purchasers, choosing things like paper to put in your home desktop printer. No more excuse not to be able to find responsible paper...or that the choices are too confusing...sorry.

The Human Impact of Paper

A coalition of groups working to assist the Grassy Narrows First Nation protect their traditional lands has released a new factsheet detailing the impact on First Nations communities in Ontario, Canada, where clearcutting of the boreal forests tramples treaty rights, destroys a community's source of food, and threatens the cultural survival of communities.

Book Industry Treatise on Responsible Paper

The Green Press Initiative has announced that 118 US book publishers have signed an Industry Treatise on Responsible Paper Purchasing, paving the way for significant changes in the paper usage of the US book publishing industry.