Pulp Magic: paper

FEBRUARY 12, 2019
Cellulose Nanofibers: The Next Big Thing
by Mary Anne Hansan Tags: , ,

The pulping process that turns wood into paper is an old technology. Really old. Older than eyeglasses. Older than the compass. Older than porcelain, gun powder, and even algebra. But what’s remarkable is that, after nearly two millennia, our industry is still innovating around wood fiber, using cutting edge processes to transform it for use in brand new applications. We’re ...

DECEMBER 19, 2018
Paper: Part of Our Sustainable Future
by Mary Anne Hansan Tags: , , ,

CBS’s “60 Minutes” recently did a story on an ambitious plan to corral and clean up the so-called “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” Although that name conjures images of a massive floating landfill, the patch can’t always or even often be recognized with the naked eye. It instead refers to a vast, diffuse area in the northeastern Pacific (there are several ...

DECEMBER 3, 2018
Paper: The Original “Circular Economy”
by Mary Anne Hansan Tags: , , ,

Our friends at Two Sides, a non-profit dedicated to promoting paper’s sustainability and debunking the myth that digital is greener, recently posted a thought-provoking piece about the “circular economy,” driven by recycling and reuse of raw materials, in contrast with the “linear economies” that continue to persist in many sectors. The idea of the circular economy is fairly recent, working ...

DECEMBER 1, 2018
The “Recycling Crisis” That Wasn’t
by Mary Anne Hansan Tags: , , ,

Last week, timed for black Friday and cyber Monday, USA Today published a story (“Will those holiday gift boxes actually get recycled? Um, maybe”, by Chris Woodyard) that could leave consumers with the impression that paper/box recycling as you know it is in “crisis.” Happily, I can report that this is not the case. In fact, the piece focuses on ...

AUGUST 31, 2018
Recycling Works: Put it in the Bin
by Mary Anne Hansan Tags: , ,

You may have seen news stories in recent weeks about “disruption” or even “crisis” in the recycling world, driven by regulatory changes in China—a major buyer of America’s recycled materials. But the important thing for you as a consumer to know is that the paper and cardboard box industries, and all the other industries dedicated to recycling, are already adapting. ...

Free from Distraction: Removing Cell Phones from the Classroom
by Mary Anne Hansan Tags: , ,

At the Paper and Packaging Board, we reject the print vs. digital debate as a false choice. The truth is paper-based and digital technologies are mutually reinforcing, and together make for creative, cognitive and business outcomes that neither could on their own. But there are contexts in which paper is preferable and digital a downright distraction. We know this from ...