The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) awarded Georgia-Pacific with two sustainability awards for how GP is increasing manufacturing efficiencies and the recyclability of our products through innovations across the recycling supply chain.
The first award highlights our sustainable manufacturing process to make Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® bath tissue. And the second award recognizes innovations to use recycled material in cups and our work to manufacture recyclable mailers for customers in our packaging business.
Driving water stewardship throughout our manufacturing operations within the product lifecycle of Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® earned Georgia-Pacific the 2021 AF&PA Leadership in Sustainability Award for Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction. Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® saves 30 percent more water and uses 30 percent less energy by using efficient manufacturing technology to squeeze more water from tissue paper before drying, making it a sustainable product designed with the environment in mind.
Three innovations introduced in 2020 addressing the recyclability of our products earned GP the 2021 AF&PA Innovation in Sustainability Award for Innovations Across the Recycling Supply Chain. With the growth of e-commerce, Georgia-Pacific launched its mailer business during the pandemic to help customers meet the growing consumer interest in recyclable packaging options. The company introduced a paper-padded mailer that is curbside recyclable, making it easier than ever for consumers and a game changer for recyclable mailers. GP also introduced Dixie® ecosmart® cups out of our GP PRO business, a cup made from recycled fiber. And we’ve increased paper cup recycling through an investment in recycling infrastructure at our operations along with our continued partnerships with municipalities to increase acceptance of paper cups to curbside recycling programs.
At Georgia-Pacific, we know that natural resources are entrusted to our care which is why we are proud to make products that customers and consumers need in a responsible way. This positions us to continue delivering solutions that help meet our customers’ needs as well as those of society sustainably.