Candiac, Que.-based Cascades Tissue Group and Napanee, Ont.-based Strathcona Paper have both been shortlisted for the Innovative Product of the Year in the 2010 Pulp & Paper International (PPI) Awards. Both companies are also finalists for an Environmental Strategy of the Year award, Cascades in the Company Awards category and Strathcona in the Mill Awards category.
Cascades is being considered for the Innovative Product of the Year award based on the company’s new Intelligent antibacterial paper hand towel. The product, the first of its kind in the world, successfully reduces bacteria on hands instantly upon use, and offers antibacterial protection for 30 minutes afterwards. Strathcona is being recognized for its GreenChoice 100 product that is made from 100-per-cent recycled fibres, is 100-per-cent recyclable and 100-per-ent carbon neutral. The company purchases all clean renewable energy to offset energy used in manufacturing the product.
In the Environmental Strategy of the Year category, Cascades is being recognized for its efforts to almost double its commitment to buying renewable wind energy credits. Its purchase of 20,000-megawatt hours of Green-e certified renewable energy credits offset all electricity used in the production of Cascade’s North River product line of towel and tissues products.
Cascades Fine Papers Group, Breakey Fibre Unit, Canada has also been shortlisted for the Water Efficiency Award in the Mill Awards category. Other Canadian companies that are finalists for a PPI award include Mississauga, Ont.-based Kruger Products for Green Energy and Biofuels, and Montreal’s Domtar for Business Strategy of the Year.
Now in its second year, the prestigious PPI Awards are the only global awards recognizing outstanding achievements in the pulp and paper sector. The program is organized by RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry. Winners will be announced on Nov. 16, 2010 at a gala ceremony in Brussels, Belgium during CEPI European Paper Week.