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Paper and Pulp: An Industry That’s Circular by Nature

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There is a growing recognition among businesses and con­sumers that we must move away from a linear “take, make, waste” model of consumption where we extract materials, produce things and discard products to landfills. We are now embracing circular economy models, which by design are restorative and regenerative. Done properly, the final result is a system in which material streams are efficiently managed and recycled. The benefits of this holistic approach are clear, resulting in less waste, lower costs and reduced environmental impact.

Infographic: Papermaking as a Model of the Circular Economy

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Paper is inherently circular by nature – made with renewable resources with high levels of renewable energy and is recyclable.  And Sappi takes additional measure to further reduce impact at its operations.

Sweat the Small Stuff on Energy and Emissions

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Ongoing public concerns about climate change, energy security and economic conditions keep energy use and greenhouse gas emissions top of mind for our key stake­holders. Energy is the third largest draw on our operat­ing costs behind wood fiber and chemicals. As such, we hold a long-standing commitment to control energy usage. Environmental impact is affected not only by the amount of energy, but also by the type of energy consumed.

Sappi Employees Are Giving Back to Neighboring Communities

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Over $15,000—that’s how much employees at Sappi’s Somerset Mill raised last holiday season to feed undernourished families in neighboring communities. The Christmas Dinner Harvest food drive first began back in 2008, when a longtime employee heard on the radio that the holiday season presents the biggest struggle for pantries trying to feed hungry families. He proposed an idea for a food drive at the mill, and it sparked immediate interest.

Sappi’s Key Performance Indicators: Driving Social Responsibility

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Sappi takes a very active approach to social responsibility, driving key initiatives in support of our three key stakeholder groups: employees, customers and the local communities in which we operate. In addition to providing skilled jobs and continued job training, we improve the lives of people by promoting freedom of association, nondiscrimination and the abolition of forced and child labor. We also uphold the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Sappi Limited has been a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) since 2008.

Sappi’s Key Performance Indicators: Creative Uses for Solid Waste

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Managing our solid waste and finding ways to minimize it remains a focus at all Sappi’s North American mills. Increased lime kiln capacity at the Cloquet Mill increased internal recycling of lime mud and decreased overall chemical consumption and waste to landfill. Higher use of natural gas at the Somerset Mill drove lower waste to landfill from ash generated during the combustion of biomass.

Sappi’s Key Performance Indicators: Sustainable Fiber Sourcing

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For the next installment of our key performance indicators, we take a look at fiber.

The Importance of Supply Chain Traceability in Customer Confidence

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Supply chain traceability is a critical element of risk management. At Sappi we record the town and state or province of origin of each load of wood received at our mills. Representative samples of the deliveries to our mills are subsequently traced backward to confirm the accuracy of the information provided. Through a separate effort, the State of Maine requires that all timber harvests must be registered with the Maine Forest Service, which periodically inspects the operation for environmental compliance.

Sappi’s Commitment to Sustainable Forestry is Bar None

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Responsible manufacturing begins with responsible procure­ment. For the wood products industry, it is paramount that our natural resources are used sustainably. Wood supplies the bulk of renewable energy that drives our mills, and cellu­lose fibers comprise the primary ingredient in our paper and pulp products, making healthy and abundant forests critical to the long-term viability of each of our core businesses.

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