Next Generation LCA Reveals One Hundred Times Lower Impact on Global Climate for 100% PCW Recycled Coated Paper vs. Virgin
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Boston, Vancouver, October 8, 2015 – Today at Sustainable Brands’ New Metrics conference, New Leaf released a new Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) revealing significant environmental benefits of Reincarnation (100% PCW recycled coated paper) over alternatives made with virgin wood fiber. The study, conducted by SCS Global Services, is the first in the paper industry to use a new LCA standard designed to improve the accuracy, transparency, and comparability of LCA analyses.
“Though all paper production has an environmental impact, this study clearly shows that recycled papers are better for forests, species, freshwater systems and the climate,” observes Nicole Rycroft, Founder and Executive Director of international environmental organization Canopy. “This Life Cycle Analysis equips customer companies with all they need to be able to choose the best ecopapers to meet their sustainability goals.”
The LCA reveals significant differences in the impact of 2,500 tons of New Leaf Reincarnation paper versus virgin coated paper. Key findings include:
- Has less than one percent of the impact in terms of Global Climate Change and Ocean Acidification,
- Avoids impacts from logging on more than 100 endangered species,
- Uses one quarter of the water used to manufacture virgin coated paper,
- Has no impacts on rivers or wetlands from recurring logging of large forest tracts, and
- Avoids harvesting of at least 12,000 acres of multiple forest types.
“Having waited a lot time for a rigorous, holistic LCA standard, we immediately requested a full LCA for New Leaf Reincarnation, our 100% post-consumer recycled coated paper, along with LCAs for comparable virgin coated papers produced at three North American mills,” said Jeff Mendelsohn, founder of New Leaf Paper.
“New Leaf is proud to be driving transparency in the paper supply chain by commissioning this study featuring new methodology,” added Mendelsohn. “This study considers the full range of impacts and benefits, including incorporating the latest findings in climate science. It is a comprehensive and fair comparative analysis that sets a new baseline for future LCAs.”
Canopy and New Leaf Paper have collaborated together for years to bring leading-edge ecopapers to market including their work on the 100% recycled paper that made the North American edition(s) of the Harry Potter book series a groundbreaker in green book publication.
The study comes in the midst of a sustained push by numerous forest industry players to promote virgin fiber papers and undermine customers’ perceptions of recycled papers.
“The study’s findings reinforce the importance of improving North America’s paper recycling system,” added Canopy’s Rycroft. “Given the superior ecological qualities of recycled paper, it is imperative that we bolster North American recycled paper production by curtailing recycled fiber exports and improving the quality of recovered fiber available to mills.”
The LCA was conducted by SCS based on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). The study methodology is consistent with the international LCA standard (ISO‐14044), and used the detailed assessment methods described in the draft national LCA standard (LEO‐SCS‐002) developed to support comparative public claims and currently in the final stages of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation process to become a new national standard. To see the full LCA, please visit: http://scsglobalservices.com/resource/lca-of-reincarnation-100-coated-freesheet-paper-compared-to-virgin-paper-baseline andhttp://scsglobalservices.com/resource/appendices-lca-of-reincarnation-100-coated-freesheet-paper-compared-to-virgin-paper, and www.newleafpaper.com.
New Leaf Paper (www.newleafpaper.com) leads the paper industry in developing the most sustainable printing and office papers. New Leaf was founded in 1998 with the mission of leading a shift toward sustainability in the paper industry. The company has received numerous awards for its leadership, including B-Corporation’s “Best in the World” for the environment for the last four years running.
Canopy is an international not-for-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting our forests, species and climate. Canopy collaborates with more than 750 companies to develop innovative solutions, make their supply chains more sustainable and help protect our world’s remaining ancient and endangered forests. Canopy’s partners include H&M, Sprint, Penguin-Random House, Zara, TC Transcontinental, The Globe and Mail and Scholastic. Canopy’s work relies on the support of individual donors who share our passion for the planet.