What’s the key difference between paper and most other packaging materials?
Paper packaging is made from a renewable resource
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What’s the largest consumer of the Canadian commercial forest?
Bugs and insects.
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What are the leading causes of deforestation in Canada?
Agriculture and oil and gas projects
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Is Canada running out of trees?
No. The harvest and renewal of trees is in balance.
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Do we cut down a tree every time we need a new box, bag, or carton?
No. Most paper packaging made in Canada is made from 100% recycled material
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Do we use all parts of the tree that we harvest?
Yes, virtually 100%. What cannot be used to make paper is converted into biomass energy to power the mill
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Are Canadian forests responsibly managed?
Yes. Some 40% of the world’s independent, third-party certified forests are right here in Canada
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Do Canadian packaging mills use responsible sources of paper material to make their products?
Yes. Every PPEC-member mill has what is called “chain-of-custody” certification
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Is paper packaging recyclable in Canada?
Yes. Virtually all Canadians can recycle boxes, bags and cartons
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Latest News

How many times can a box be recycled? A great, but complex question.

Recycling corrugated boxes and other paper packaging is essential to the paper packaging industry’s circular economy. But have you ever wondered just how many times a box can be recycled and reused?  Read the latest article – How Many Times Can a Box be Recycled?

What PPEC will be Watching in 2023

As PPEC continues to work on achieving its mission to promote the environmental sustainability of the Canadian paper packaging industry, we will also be closely monitoring key environmental issues in 2023. Read the latest blog from PPEC.

Happy Holidays from PPEC

On behalf of the team at PPEC, we would like to take this opportunity to say Happy Holidays and thank you for your unwavering support over the last year. Read more in the latest blog from PPEC

Article Overlooks the Importance of Recycled Content

While the recent New York Times magazine article “Where Does All the Cardboard Come From? I Had to Know,” takes a deep dive on the topic of cardboard, it misses the opportunity to look closer at the positive environmental impact and circular economy of paper packaging. Read PPEC’s blog – Article Overlooks the Importance of Recycled Content

Statistics Canada’s New Waste Management Survey Results: Paper Represents 35% of Diversion

PPEC’s new blog post provides a breakdown of the paper diversion data by province and by source, i.e. what is collected through residential recycling programs vs. non-residential sources like from the backs of factories and supermarkets. Read PPEC’s blog – Statistics Canada’s New Waste Management Survey Results: Paper Represents 35% of Diversion.

One Industry Voice on the Environment

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As the environmental voice for the paper packaging industry, the role of the Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) is to provide credible and trusted information, insight, and perspective on a wide range of environmental issues on behalf of all of our members. Read more about PPEC

New FAQ Available from PPEC

PPEC is pleased to help answer some of the most commonly asked questions about the environmental attributes of Canadian-made paper-based packaging. Access the new resource from PPEC

Sustainable Forest Management and Climate Change

Sustainable forest management and climate change

Sustainable forestry not only plays an important role in the industry’s circular economy, but it is also fundamental to helping mitigate climate change, which is fitting as this year’s theme of NFW is “Canada’s Forests: Solutions for a Changing Climate.” Read PPEC’s blog Sustainable Forest Management and Climate Change.

How Does Canada’s Ban on Single-Use Plastics Impact Paper Packaging?

There have been a lot of recent developments related to Canada’s Zero Plastic Waste Agenda and the federal government’s ban on single-use plastic products. Read PPEC’s blog on How Does Canada’s Ban on Single-Use Plastics Impact Paper Packaging?

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