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Europe Unleashing Full-Scale Attack on Food Waste

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The issue of food waste has rightfully come front and center in the Western world, with staggering figures such as 40 percent waste in the US alone forcing us to find solutions. The problems that lead to food waste lie throughout the chain from production to distribution and consumption, which means countless opportunities for organizations across all sectors to innovate to tackle it.

RESPAK: Packaging Just got Better

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The food industry uses packaging made from a variety of materials, including plastic, cardboard, polystyrene, and I could go on. Unfortunately, not all of these materials are recyclable. Cascades decided to take a close look at one type of packaging in particular: polycoated packaging. Across the world, two tonnes of polycoated cardboard are used every minute – that’s enough to cover the Empire State Building three times/hour! We had to find a solution!

Cascades Launches Respak: the Alternative to Polycoated Packaging

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Kingsey Falls, Québec, June 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Cascades is proud to announce the launch of Respak, the ecological answer to the environmental challenge of polycoated packaging products. Designed primarily for the food and food services industries, Respak is recyclable and compostable, without compromising on the performance and durability characteristic of traditional polycoated packaging.

KFC Sheds Three Million Pounds of Packaging

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KFC UK and Ireland is finding new ways to provide customers the high quality they depend on while also reducing its environmental impact. One way is through smart packaging changes, two of which have reduced packaging by more than 3 million pounds (1,400 tonnes) already – roughly the same weight as 127 double-decker buses.

The KFC team achieved this by switching from cardboard ‘clamshells’ to paper wrappers for Fillet and Zinger sandwiches and transitioned its classic chicken meals, the Colonel’s Meal and Variety Meal, from cardboard boxes to paper bags.

Ethical Corporation's Management Spotlight: Stuart Lowthian & Dave Howson, Bacardi Limited

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By EC Newsdesk

Ahead of the Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Summit 2014, Bacardi Limited’s global technical director, Stuart Lowthian, and global sustainability director, Dave Howson share their views on the future of sustainability and management.

Sappi's Laura Thompson Breaks Down the Three Elements of Sustainability: Environmental, Social and Economic Responsibility. Read her Letter here.

Defining Sustainable Development
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All too often I hear the word “sustainability” used loosely to represent environmental performance. It bothers me because I believe it is important for people to recognize all three elements of sustainability: environmental, social and economic responsibility. At Sappi we constantly strive to balance these issues while juggling near- and long-term business strategies. When projects come together that have benefits across all three aspects, we know we’re on the right track.

Sappi Finds Better Opportunities for Solid Waste - Check Out the Full Report

We have continued to make improvements in reducing solid waste to landfill.
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In 2013 our Somerset mill had a breakthrough in optimizing the lime kiln (see p.30) which resulted in less lime mud waste. In addition, reduced solid fuel rates led to less boiler ash being landfilled. Our mill in Cloquet, Minnesota, has developed a beneficial use program with the local agricultural extension program and provides boiler ash and lime mud as a soil amendment to local farmers. These materials help farmers raise the pH of soil, creating better growing conditions for certain crops.

Treading Lightly: Check out Sappi's Sustainability Report to See How Our Water Return is Over 90%, Creating a Minimal Footprint

All pulp and paper mills in North America use and treat water in accordance with comprehensive environmental permits.
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Our North American mills use only surface water sources (rivers and lakes) and return treated water to the same primary source. (At Cloquet we return the water to a publicly owned treatment facility which then returns to Lake Superior.) Our water return is over 90 percent of intake, creating a minimal water footprint. Water that is “consumed” in our operations is primarily that which is lost through evaporation to the atmosphere. While our water usage was up slightly in 2013, our water quality indicators (BOD and TSS) remained flat or improved as reflected below.

Below Industry Average, In a Good Way: Read More About Sappi's 40% Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Intensity

SFPNA has had a major focus on the reduction of fossil fuels and the emissions associated with combustion.
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We exceeded an aggressive five-year goal of a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity in just three years. We had the recovery boiler out of service this year at Cloquet due to planned outages for capital improvements. As a result, our greenhouse gas emissions were slightly higher than 2012, but we are still exceeding our goal and well ahead of industry average. We remain well below industry average for SO2 emissions and have continued to make further reductions.

Held to Fiber Standards: Read More About Sappi's Conversion to Dissolving Pulp

One hundred percent of our fiber is procured in accordance with the SFI® Fiber Sourcing standard as well as the FSC® Controlled Wood standard.
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These third-party certification programs provide assurance that wood-based products have been procured from well-managed forests and are legally harvested. In 2013 we converted our pulp mill at the Cloquet facility to manufacture dissolving pulp; as such, we are purchasing more kraft fiber than in prior years to support the papermaking operations at that mill. All of our purchased pulp was certified by one or more standards, which is reflected in higher FSC® fiber numbers as well as higher “triple certified” fiber.

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