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What Makes Better Paper Better

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What do environmental groups agree about regarding paper use?

What do environmental groups agree about regarding paper use?


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  • 1. What Makes Better Paper Better? Frank Locantore, Director Joshua Martin, Director
  • 2. Webinar Objectives
    • Environmental paper attributes
    • Environmental community consensus
    • Tools for guidance
    • Priorities
    • Action stages
  • 3. EPN & Green America
    • NGOs convened to create the “Common Vision”
    • Environmental Paper Network was an outgrowth
    • Joshua Martin was hired as the first staff of the EPN in 2005
  • 4. Network Foundation Vision Coordination Monitoring
  • 5. Network Collaboration www.shrinkpaper.org
  • 6.
    • Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guidance
    • The Paper Steps
    • Model Policy
    • Model Letter to Suppliers
    • Model Environmental Specifications
    • People Who Can Help You Succeed
    • Ways to Save Paper and Save Money
    • Paper Recycling Guide
    • Paper Myths and Facts
    • Additional Links and Resources
  • 7.  
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  • 10. What the Paper Steps are Not
    • Perfect for every situation nor exhaustive for any
    • A substitute for using the full toolkit, seeking expert advice, and developing your own questions according to your specifications and constraints
    • An audited labeling or certification system
  • 11. What’s the Next “Step”
    • Continually add new website content to show growing environmental paper marketplace
    • Adding “top criteria” this summer
    • Highlighting research and corporate leadership on manufacturing of low carbon papers
    • Telling the story of your leadership
  • 12. Better Paper is Better, not Perfect
    • Differentiate: possible today vs. the future
    • Choose what is better in today’s context
    • Demonstrate intent for improvement
    • Find tools & resources & NGOs to help
  • 13. Key Considerations
    • Big impacts, fewer impacts, or “healing?”
    • Use less fiber
    • Use more recycled
    • Use FSC-certification for virgin fiber
    • Drive innovation to wise alternative fiber use
    • Require clean production
  • 14. Printing: Inks and Coatings
    • Inks
      • Petroleum vs. Vegetable
    • Coatings
      • UV
      • Varnish
      • Aqueous
    • Specify intent through policy
  • 15. Action Stages
    • Stewardship policy
      • www.environmentalpaper.org or www.BetterPaper.org
    • Determine entry point
      • Less fiber, more recycled, or FSC?
    • Implement through procurement
    • Assess impact
    • Improve over time
    • Repeat
  • 16. Conclusion
    • Aspire to the “perfect” paper – implement better paper choices
    • Work with NGOs & supply chain; utilize tools & policies to guide decisions
  • 17. What Makes Better Paper Better? Joshua Martin, Director [email_address] 828-251-8558 www.EnvironmentalPaper.org Frank Locantore, Director [email_address] 202-872-5308 www.BetterPaper.org