Paper Industry Reps Gather for Environmental Seminar
Representatives from all facets of the North American paper and print world convened in Philadelphia to discuss the growing push for more environmental responsibility industry-wide.
“Leadership in Paper, Print, Design and the Environment,” a day-long session, held on Oct. 11 just a blocks away from Independence Hall, where paper played a key role in the drafting and signing of both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, saw a slate of more than a dozen speakers present how each was contributing to an increased environmental awareness in the paper field.
Derek Smith, of Derek Smith & Associates, arranged and moderated the one-time event. The Washington-based consultant on paper and its impact on the environment has more than 35-years experience in the business.
“Our industry faces some serious problems, and we have to acknowledge them,” Smith told the audience in between presentations during the morning session.
The group of about 100 paper industry representatives -- including suppliers, printers and environmental groups -- filled a small ballroom inside the Independence Visitors Center to discuss the topic. Each speaker was allotted a 45-minute time slot to showcase a Power Point-based speech presentation to the assemblage.
The main talking points revolved around what each of their respective companies or organizations were doing to cut back on pollution and energy usage or help companies do so. Presenters pointed out that the paper and packaging industries use the third most fossil fuels of any industry and produces a third of the solid waste in all landfills.
Renee Yardley, marketing director for Tembec Board, said marketplace expectations are pushing companies, more than ever, to create in-house policies to be more environmentally mindful.
“Clients are expecting responsible behavior,” said Yardley.
Gary Pawlaczyk, Pictorial Offset’s VP sales and marketing told the assemblage that not only is stewardship good for the environment, but “doing the right thing can be beneficial to your business.” He outlined what Pictorial had accomplished and hoped the example would help other companies do the right thing.
“This is about starting an effect on our entire industry,” said Pawlaczyk.