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What’s the key difference between paper and most other packaging materials?
Paper packaging is made from a renewable resource
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What’s the largest consumer of the Canadian commercial forest?
Bugs and insects.
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What are the leading causes of deforestation in Canada?
Agriculture and oil and gas projects
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Is Canada running out of trees?
No. The harvest and renewal of trees is in balance.
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Do we cut down a tree every time we need a new box, bag, or carton?
No. Most paper packaging made in Canada is made from 100% recycled material
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Do we use all parts of the tree that we harvest?
Yes, virtually 100%. What cannot be used to make paper is converted into biomass energy to power the mill
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Are Canadian forests responsibly managed?
Yes. Some 40% of the world’s independent, third-party certified forests are right here in Canada
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Do Canadian packaging mills use responsible sources of paper material to make their products?
Yes. Every PPEC-member mill has what is called “chain-of-custody” certification
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Is paper packaging recyclable in Canada?
Yes. Virtually all Canadians can recycle boxes, bags and cartons
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FSC sucks up and apologises (sort of)

(July 2 ,2020) – The Forest Stewardship Council of Canada recently had some rare words of praise for the Canadian paper packaging industry! “Here in Canada,’’ wrote President and CEO Francois Dufresne in a blog, “our packaging industry uses the largest portion of recycled fibres of any forestry sector – an important element of responsible forest management, and an incredible achievement for which we commend the Canadian packaging industry.”

Well thank you, we’ll take it. .. Read the rest of the post here

False arguments being used to promote post-consumer recycled content

(May 26,2020) – Don’t get me wrong. I fully support the use of more post-consumer material in packaging and products. Just not some of the BS that goes with it. And this is important because governments are stipulating post-consumer content without knowing all the facts. Here are some of the false claims being made: 

False Claim # 1: That post-consumer is ‘environmentally better’ than pre-consumer content .. Read the rest of the post here

FSC is misleading Canadians, say its key packaging customers

(April 27, 2020) – The Canadian branch of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is trying to distance itself from a promotional video that has angered its Canadian packaging customers. But the video itself, with two demonstrably false claims in it, still remains accessible to the public on FSC Canada’s website.

When it launched the video last month, FSC Canada was proud to claim ownership, calling it “our” new video while baldly declaring that paper and paperboard packaging can be ‘’a product of deforestation  .. Read the rest of the post here