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[greenyes] Badger Paper Closes - SUPPORT FOR CERTIFIED PCF NEEDED!

PESHTIGO, Wis. (AP) -- Badger Paper Mills Inc., a manufacturer of packaging and specialty papers, on Friday 3 June, said it is shutting down its uncoated freesheet Fourdrinier paper machine and equipment "indefinitely." The company said it will cut about 100 jobs as a result, including 70 union workers and 30 salaried employees. The Chlorine Free Products Association regretfully is announcing to our list the demise of Badger Papers and the end of production for Envirographic 100. This mill even though it was not a PCF certified producer never misrepresented their grades, in writing, as PCF but instead took a high road and promoted their grades as 'produced in a chlorine free pulping and bleaching process.' Badger helped in developing strong market niches for PCF paper and we will miss their presence around the country. But I have to say unless we, everyone on this list, every government agency and corporation setting purchasing specifications, must require some form of third party
auditing from suppliers of TCF-PCF papers or we will see more mills such as Badger leaving the market. We will see and hear of more mills offering a cheap knock off EPP {Environmentally Preferred Product} without spending a dime and eliminating everyone's influence on improving the paper industry. The key point is that we must conserve our water and natural resources, and commit to creating a sustainable life for all. We cannot accomplish that if we focus too narrowly on one issue. Is recycling more important than forestry? Are energy usage and carbon gas releases less important? Can we survive without fresh water? As you may know, the CFPA appointed a team of independent consultants and activists to create a third party auditing screen that: a.. Measures energy and water consumption, b.. Eliminates harmful toxins like dioxin and furans produced by chlorine chemistry, c.. Provides a chain of custody for all fibers, and d.. Reviews social, environmental, and financial
responsibility. The Advisory Council did an excellent job in creating the Sustainable Manufacturing & Marketing Initiative (SMMI) based on all of these important issues. Once audited, a mill can provide you a Certificate of Authenticity that includes their Sustainability Index {SI rank best of 1350 points}. Now you can judge a paper by its cover. To help you bring the message to your purchasing and specifications people we are offering with the help of Go Natural Studio's LLC a lesson plan If you have an interest and would enjoy the poster's custom-designed artwork, find humor in the Rustle the Leaf cartoon and are willing to join us to help protect our children, our families and fresh water for generations to come contact us and we will mail you a printed version. Broaden your view on paper and sustainability doesn't end in the forest, or the recycling bin. Ask your suppliers to provide third-party accountability- a
Certificate of Authenticity. Let's build market awareness and STOP CLOSING any more PCF Mills. For samples of Inspiration a new PCF Certified Grade or New Life DP 100 Contact: Robert Boivin - Cascades Fine Paper: robert_boivin@no.address Kent McGillem - Cascades Fine Paper: teeitup07@no.address Steve Cormier-Cascades Fine Paper: cascards@no.address Tom Kemper at Dolphin Blue: thomas@no.address Greg Barber at Greg Barber Co: greg@no.address Archie J. BeatonChlorine Free Products Association19 N. Main St.Algonquin, IL 60102847-658-6104 ph847-658-3152 faxarchie@no.address

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