Pulp Magic

OCTOBER 8, 2014

What I Learned at Domtar

I always learn something new when I visit a paper mill.  Recently I traveled to Bennettsville, South Carolina to see Domtar’s Marlboro Mill, which I learned, is the newest paper mill in the country.  It was built in 1990, which also tells me there hasn’t been a lot of new paper mill construction in the United States for a long time.

You can find Domtar pulp and paper in everything from bestselling books to adult incontinence products.  I found one of their most interesting paper products to be their specialty thermal-based paper.  It’s coated with a chemical that changes color when the paper is exposed to heat and can be used for receipts, lottery tickets, and anything that requires an extra level of security.

Domtar is also serious about sustainability.  According to their website, their EarthChoice Product Line is the largest family of environmentally responsible papers ever assembled. To qualify for the EarthChoice Product Line, papers must meet the criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines.

Domtar recently marked the sale of 5 million tons of FSC certified paper with a thought-provoking infographic illustrating what an enormous quantity that is.

Imagine selling the equivalent of 6.5 billion Harry Potter books on FSC certified paper . . . incredible.