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We believe that applying sound sustainability practices improves the quality of life in the communities where we live and work.

Our Approach to Sustainability

At PaperWorks, sustainability is a reflection of our Purpose, Vision, and Values. Continuous improvement is central to our sustainability strategy, which is driven by our desire to improve, inspire, invest, and innovate to create products and services that are good for our communities and our environment.  Sustainability requires a constant process of review and refinement to ensure we continue to advance and offer value to our customers.

Re-assess and refine to meet strategy Improvingour Planet • Reduced environmental outcomes• Proactive and continuous management Evaluate progress and report results InnovativeProducts • Sustainable innovation• Recycled and certified paperboard Implement policies and procedures Investingin People • Employee health & wellness• Customer-centric innovation Develop sustainability baseline and strategy going forward InspiredPerformance • Governance and ethics• Shareholder value PurposeVisionValues
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sustainability graphic: water goal and progress to date
sustainability graphic: ghg emissions goal and progress to date
sustainability graphic: solid waste to landfill goal and progress to date

*Goals are measured against a 2018 baseline

Maximizing Recycled Paper

It’s easy to promote materials based on one or more environmental or social attributes, but a truly holistic approach to sustainability demands a rigorous evaluation of products from design through to their end of life. We call this a product’s “lifecycle”, and the most sustainable lifecycle is the “closed-loop”, where the inputs to create a product are the same as its end-of-life outputs. It’s the product lifecycle that best replicates what nature does normally.

As manufacturers of recycled paperboard, we take used paperboard from other factories and used cartons from individual homes, re-pulp it all, and transform that pulp into new paperboard that is ready to meet customers’ needs.

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Reducing Environmental Impact

Out of everything that gets recycled in North America – every can, every tetra-pack, every refrigerator box, and every cookie package – paper and paperboard make up the vast majority of recycled material. More than three-quarters of all paperboard in North America is made from recycled fibers!

Recycling paperboard has even more environmental impacts than just saving trees! According to the Environmental Protection Agency, when you compare one ton of recycled paperboard with one ton of virgin paperboard, the recycled paperboard saves an average of:




gallons of water


lbs. of air pollution


kW of energy


cubic yards of waste in a landfill

Recycled paperboard helps preserve valuable environmental resources while still providing cartons of unrivaled quality.

When it comes to sustainability, no other packaging method boasts the infraestructure, flexibility, and all-around recyclability of paperboard!


Rethinking Packaging

At PaperWorks we’re rethinking packaging from start to finish. We consider all factors in the process, including those that can sometimes be overlooked.

If your redesigned carton size is reduced, more cartons are moved for the same cost (labor, gas, transport fees), convenience, and environmental impact.

A reduction in package size means less fuel used and carbon emitted in getting goods to the point of sale. It’s the ultimate win-win: savings, reduced pollution, maximizing resources and eliminating waste in one simple gesture.

Contact us to learn more about how we can help increase the sustainability value of your packaging.


Social Responsibility

PaperWorks recognizes there is inconsistent information in the industry regarding sustainable packaging. Some companies promote attributes in their packaging, others attach logos and certifications. These multiple approaches can be confusing to customers and consumers.

Contact us to request a packaging assessment or for training and guidance on making environmental marketing claims per ®FTC guidance.

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Environmental Certifications

Forestry Certifications are assurances that the fiber used in your paperboard has met the highest environmental and social standards both for forestry management and procurement systems. While there are a variety of international forestry certifications, PaperWorks has chosen to recognize two (or SFI ® and FSC ® ) as partners of choice:

Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC ®)
Sustainability Forestry Initiative (SFI ®)


Chain of Custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council ®, applicable to the entire MasterWorks line of paperboard.


PaperWorks recognizes that our clients value choice in forestry certification. We offer our clients the choice of FSC ® and SFI ® products.

Please note FSC ®, SFI ® products available only upon request.

Ontario Toxics Reduction Act, 2009

The Ontario Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 is part of Ontario’s strategy to reduce the creation and use of prescribed toxic substances. PaperWorks’ Canadian facilities address and comply with the requirements set out in the Act and Regulation.

Sustainability Policy

We believe that applying sound sustainability practices contributes to our competitive strength; benefits our team members, customers, and shareholders; and improves the quality of life in our communities of operation. To guide us towards the integration of sustainable practices across all our operations, PaperWorks has adopted the following principles:

We will strive to:

  • Integrate sustainability criteria and metrics into facility process improvement and productivity as applicable
  • Reduce energy use, water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through the integration of energy efficiency and pollution prevention programs
  • Work with our customers to develop packaging solutions that minimize the impact and maximize the benefit to individuals and communities throughout the life cycle of their packaging
  • Provide for and actively support forestry certification processes (SFI ® & FSC ®)
  • Encourage our suppliers and contractors to adopt sound environmental management practices
  • Educate and inform our team members on sustainability so that everyone may be engaged
  • Provide for and support our team members towards the development of an accident and injury-free workplace
  • Engage with our stakeholders and the communities where we operate in order to ensure we understand their values and work collaboratively towards maximizing the positive impact we can leave

We are striving to go beyond legal compliance at our facilities by implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) to more effectively manage the environmental aspects and impacts of our manufacturing processes and to ensure continuous improvement towards these principles.

Under the guidance of our Associate Director of EHS, all PaperWorks team members are responsible for the observation and advancement of our sustainability policy and programs supported and developed by our Executive Management Team.

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