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Environmental Summit addresses impact of paper choices

March 23, 2009
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Boise Inc. is encouraging companies interested in going green to learn more about the range of options they have to steadily become more environmentally responsible. That was the topic of discussion during Boise Inc.''s recent Environmental Summit, held in Chicago. During the event speakers shared their knowledge and offered insights to business leaders interested in reducing their environmental impact. Boise Inc. President and CEO, Alexander Toeldte, explained that businesses can make a big impact on the environment and on their bottom line, simply by making seemingly minor choices.
• Choose lighter paper basis weights and cut sheet sizes; use two-sided copying and keep mailing lists clean and accurate;
• Of the paper you do use, increase the amount of recycled content vs. virgin fiber used;
• Of the virgin fiber you do use, choose from responsible manufacturers, mills and paper suppliers by looking for sustainable forestry and sourcing certification labels;
• Choose to recycle paper when you are done using it;
• Create environmental checklists; and
• Reduce transportation emissions.
In addition to these simple tips, experts also discussed potential climate change legislative outcomes and opportunities. Some companies, like summit sponsor Boise Inc., are already making voluntary reductions to greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to emission reduction, the company also relies on third-party certified sustainable forestry to meet fiber needs for its paper production. Boise Inc. is also a major manufacturer of recycled-content papers. Whether large or small, Toeldte said putting Earth-friendly initiatives into place comes down to one thing: Choice. "Company leaders need to be aware of whether or not their actions are compromising environmental, economic, and social values for the future. If they find they aren''t acting in an environmentally responsible way, then they have the choice to make changes."

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