The Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) has launched a website intended to serve as a fact versus fiction reminder about the use of bags in Canadian society.
Website Paper Bags Canada offers readers a rundown on different types of bags — from light paper to multi-wall sacks — and how they’re made.
“There is information (and a lot of misinformation) about paper bags scattered all over the place,” said PPEC Executive Director, John Mullinder, in a statement to media. “What we are trying to do here is to ensure that customers and consumers have easy access to accurate, concise, and current information on the paper bags used in Canada.”
One of the primary agendas for the website is to dispel the myth that paper bags equate to the destruction of trees. Paper Bags Canada wants to highlight that most bags in Canada are made from wood chips and sawmill residues left over from lumber operations.
The website notes that “The whole Canadian forest industry (pulp, paper, lumber, and other products) harvested less than 0.2% of the commercial forest in the most recent year for which data are available (2010).”
Paper Bags Canada goes on to say that forests must be regenerated by law. About 67 per cent of the harvest is currently regenerated through tree planting and direct seeding — or some 500 million seedlings per year.
Renewable energy is another point the website aims to highlight. It notes that waste-based biomass now provides almost 70 per cent of the Canadian pulp and paper industry’s overall energy requirements,
For a complete look at the new website, please click here.