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Using paper saves trees – a South African perspective

By using paper, more trees are planted, harvested and replanted. Photo: Mondi South Africa

By using paper, more trees are planted, harvested and replanted. Photo: Mondi South Africa

We can all agree that “digital is not going away” – it is very much a part of our world. I’m using it to publish this post. But even in this multimedia, multiplatform world, paper is not going away either. And that’s a good thing. Especially for trees. Continue reading

Low-cost timber winch wins two KZN student engineers the inaugural Agristars Forestry Award

IMG_5625One of the biggest challenges facing the South African forestry, agriculture and fishery sectors is addressing the widening chasm between ageing producers and the absorption of young graduates. Another, facing forestry in particular, is the fragmentation of business units and land areas. This has seen the transfer of operations and skills to emerging land-owners and small growers who may not necessarily have the financial resources or technical knowledge to effectively get timber resources to market. Continue reading

Global forest products industry meets in Australia

The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) – global forum of the forest products industry – will hold its annual meeting in Sydney, Australia, July 4-5. Jane Molony, executive director of the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) and vice president of ICFPA, will reunite with her industry peers from across the world to discuss key industry issues, such as bioeconomy, certification, recycling and innovation. Continue reading

PAMSA announces the Blue Sky Award

Blue Sky - Logotipo em transparênciaThe Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) has announced the South African leg of the international Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Award. The competition, open to researchers and students under the age of 30, aims to recognise and foster innovation around projects focused on the all aspects of the forest-products industry. Continue reading

South African and global forest products industry welcomes UN climate change agreement signing

Looking up the right tree (PIC: Mondi)The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) and its members welcome the signing of the landmark United Nations agreement to tackle climate change, set to take place on Friday April 22 – coinciding with Earth Day which this year celebrates the theme of Trees for the Earth. The agreement – adopted by all 196 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at COP21 in Paris on 12 December 2015 – urges countries to implement policies that would allow them to keep a global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius. The global forest products industry has a highly significant role to play in the implementation of these targets. Continue reading

Printed books are best when reading to children

Research has shown that paper-based materials promote reading comprehension, information retention and learning, and that print-based texts are superior to digital texts in facilitating learning strategies. (Photo:

A device makes it very easy for a child to dismiss reading as ‘boring’ in comparison with the instant gratification of games and apps. There are simply too many distractions. Children are most likely to engage with stories in the right environment and context, and that means away from a screen (Photo:

It’s World Book Day on 23 April. The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) explores the topic of reading by garnering the opinions of South African professionals and parents about the value of reading to our children from paper books. Continue reading

Four common office recycling mistakes

•Ensure that each desk is equipped with a tray or office recycler solely for paper and board.

Ensure that each desk is equipped with a tray or office recycler solely for paper and board.

It is estimated that only 8% of businesses recycle their used paper and board. And even the most well-intentioned recyclers make mistakes. The Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (PRASA) outlines some of the more common recycling blunders with some helpful tips to make sure that paper and board get to where they need to be: to recycling companies in a good, clean state so they can be reprocessed and made into new paper products. Continue reading

Celebrating trees on International Day of Forests 2016


On Monday March 21, the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) celebrated the United Nations International Day of Forests.

Forests – in all forms – are essential to life on our planet. They provide clean air, water and climate regulation. As a renewable resource, forests are an important part of the solution to meeting global needs for foods, fuel, fibre, medicine and other essential products to our daily lives. Continue reading