Sustainability Commited to making paper green.

Mindful of the environment and its role in helping preserve the planet, PaperWorks Industries maintains strong environmental values through both its paperboard and packaging groups. We are committed to the industry’s highest sustainable forestry procurement standards, integrating environmental social responsibility into every aspect of our operations and production. Our comprehensive approach to natural resource efficiency allows us to meet the environmental stewardship goals set by our customers.

Closed Loop

It’s easy to promote materials based on one or more environmental or social attributes, but a truly holistic approach to sustainability demands a rigorous evaluation of products from design through to their end of life. We call this a product’s “lifecycle,” and the most sustainable lifecycle is the “closed loop,” where the inputs to create a product are the same as its end-of-life outputs. It’s the product lifecycle that best replicates what nature does normally.

As manufacturers of recycled paperboard, we take used paperboard from other factories and used cartons from individual homes, re-pulp it all, and transform that pulp into new paperboard that is ready to meet customers’ needs.

Recycling’s Most Wanted

Out of everything that gets recycled in North America – every can, every tetra-pack, every refrigerator box and every cookie package – paper and paperboard make up the vast majority of recycled material. More than three-quarters of all paperboard in North America is made from recycled fibers!

Recycling paperboard has even more environmental impacts than just saving trees! According to the Environmental Protection Agency, when you compare one ton of recycled paperboard with one ton of virgin paperboard, the recycled paperboard saves an average of:

  • 24 trees
  • 7,000 gallons of water
  • 60 lbs. of air pollution
  • 4,100 kW of energy
  • 3 cubic yards of waste in a landfill

As you can see, recycled paperboard helps preserve valuable environmental resources while still providing cartons of unrivaled quality.

Source: “Municipal Solid Waste in the United States – 2009 Facts and Figures” January, 2011

When it comes to sustainability, no other packaging method boasts the infrastructure, flexibility, and all-around recyclability of paperboard!

Rethinking Packaging

What you might miss are things like pallet loads and transportation costs. If you typically ship a gross (144) of your product per pallet, and your redesigned carton size is reduced by 33%, now you’re moving 191 cartons instead if 144 for almost the same:

  • cost (labor, gas, transport fees)
  • convenience
  • environmental impact

A reduction of one-third in package size means nearly a third less fuel used, and carbon emitted in getting your goods to the point of sale. It’s the ultimate win-win: you save money, reduce pollution, maximize resources and eliminate waste in one simple gesture.

Contact one of our sales reps to learn more about how we can help you increase the sustainability value of your packaging.

Evaluating Sustainability

PaperWorks recognizes that there is a lot of confusion in the marketplace today in regards to sustainable packaging. Some companies promote attributes of their packaging, others attach logos and certifications. As a result of these multiple approaches, customers and consumers are becoming frustrated and skeptical.

PaperWorks has embraced the emergence of sustainable packaging metrics, and is pleased to offer customers quantifiable data on our packaging’s sustainability, as well as resources to help you achieve better retailer scorecard results.

We continuously measure ourselves against the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s metrics for sustainable packaging and look forward to integrating the Global Packaging Protocol metrics upon release. Talk to your sales rep to request a packaging assessment, or for training and guidance on popular retailer sustainability assessments and the Federal Trade Commission’s guidelines for environmental marketing claims.

Environmental Certifications

Forestry Certifications are assurances that the fiber used in your paperboard has met the highest environmental and social standards both for forestry management and procurement systems. While there are a variety of international forestry certifications, PaperWorks has chosen to recognize only three as their partners of choice:

PaperWorks Board Mills
PaperWorks’ mills have Chain of Custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council®, applicable to the entire MasterWorks line of paperboard.
Manchester Industries Custom Cutting
Manchester has certifications from leading environmental organizations including Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

For copies of our environmental certifications, please click on the links below.

Manchester Industries certificates:

Packaging Group
PaperWorks Packaging recognizes that our clients value choice in forestry certification. We offer our clients the choice of FSC® and SFI products.

For copies of our environmental certifications, please click on the links below.

Packaging Group certificates:

Please note FSC®, SFI and PEFC products available only upon request.

Ontario Toxics Reduction Act, 2009
The Ontario Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 is part of Ontario’s strategy to reduce the creation and use of prescribed toxic substances. As a regulated facility, the PaperWorks Packaging Group located in Hamilton, Ontario, addresses and complies with the requirements set out in the Act and Regulation.

For more information, select the links below.

Sustainability Policy

Paperworks recognizes the importance of being responsible corporate stewards of our community and the environment.

We believe that applying sound sustainability practices contributes to our competitive strength; benefits our employees, customers and shareholders; and improves the quality of life in our communities of operation.  To guide us toward the integration of sustainable practices across all our operations.  Paperwork’s has adopted the following principles:

We will strive to:

  • Integrate sustainability criteria and metrics into facility process improvement and productivity as applicable
  • Reduce energy use, water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through the integration of energy efficiency and pollution prevention programs;
  • Work with our customers to develop packaging solutions that minimize the impact and maximize the benefit to individuals and communities throughout the life cycle of their packaging;
  • Provide for and actively support forestry certification processes such as FSC, SFI chain of custody (2015-2019 Section 4) and PEFC
  • Encourage our suppliers and contractors to adopt sound environmental management practices;
  • Educate and inform our employees on sustainability so that everyone may be engaged;
  • Provide for and support our employees towards the development of an accident and injury-free workplace;
  • Provide for and support our employees toward the development of an accident and injury-free workplace;
  • Engage with our stakeholders and the communities where we operate in order to ensure we understand their values and work collaboratively towards maximizing to positive impact we can leave.

We are striving to go beyond legal compliance at our facilities by implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) to more effectively manage the environmental aspects and impacts of our manufacturing processes and to ensure continuous improvement towards these principles.

Responsibility for sustainability sits under the guidance of the Senior Director of EHS led by a dedicated team of environment, health and safety and sustainability personnel, all Paperwork’s employees are responsible for the observation and advancement of our sustainability policy and programs supported and developed by our Executive Management Team.