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PAMSA’s Jane Molony named President of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations

Jane Molony (left) with her predecessor Elizabeth de Carvalhaes, president and CEO of the Brazilian Tree Industry in Berlin, Germany last week

The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) announced Jane Molony as its new president. Molony, executive director of the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA), will serve in this capacity for the next two years. Continue reading

Global forest and paper industry CEOs discuss future; announce winners of inaugural Blue Sky Awards

The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) eighth biennial International CEO Roundtable took place in Berlin, Germany this week. More than 20 forest based industry CEOs and association leaders from around the world met to discuss industry innovation, sustainability aspects, current political aspects and future trends that may impact the industry at local and international levels.   Continue reading

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Forestry South Africa heralds International Day of Forests

The United Nations International Day of Forests on 21 March 2017 will be marked by Forestry South Africa with the launch of an information and illustration-rich website, ‘Forestry Explained’. The International Day of Forests is about celebrating all forests, indigenous and commercial.       Continue reading

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FORESTS – Commercial forests are full of untapped energy

The local pulp and paper sector is in some instances totally self-sufficient and has additional power to sell into the grid. Credit istockphoto.com

The theme of the 2017 United Nations International Day of Forests (IDF) is Forests and Energy. Heralded annually, it shares the day with South Africa’s Human Rights Day. The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) is proud to represent the global forest products industry, which plays an important role in contributing to the production of renewable energy and reducing dependence on fossil fuels by using wood manufacturing residuals, byproducts and forest residues – collectively known as biomass – to produce much of the energy required for its operations. Continue reading

Ibá launches infographic on the multiple uses of wood

The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) has published a fantastic reference on planted trees and the multiples uses of wood. Just like South Africa, wood is used to produce pulp, wood panels, laminate flooring, paper, charcoal, and biomass – items that are present in our homes and our daily lives.  Continue reading

South Africa’s 66% paper recovery rate exceeds global average

Paper Recycling Association calls on citizens to do more to divert valuable ‘waste’ from going to landfill istockphoto.com

Recovered paper fibre has been used in South Africa as a raw material since 1920 and is thus a well-established waste stream. Locally and sustainably produced paper is a renewable resource with recycling featuring as a key component in the lifecycle of many paper products. But how much is actually recovered for reuse by the paper and paper packaging sector? Continue reading

Sustainability at the centre of paper manufacturers’ inaugural report

Putting the paper industry in perspective

   “Paper, in its countless forms, touches our lives every day and it’s a relationship that often goes unnoticed. We use it without a second thought – from our first cup of coffee and morning ablutions, to eating yoghurt, popping our vitamins or putting on lipstick.”

So says Jane Molony, executive director of the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) in the association’s inaugural progress report. “Paper products are an enabler. Without them many industries would not be able to convey their messages, ship their products and deliver their goods. As the basis for tissue, paper is a bathroom essential and helps to improve lives through personal hygiene. As a medium through which learning is facilitated, paper educates and informs,” she adds. Continue reading

Sappi Limited launches new website highlighting global presence, increased functionality and robust educational resources   

Sappi Limited (JSE), a leading global provider of sustainable woodfibre products and solutions, today announced the launch of its new website with significant updates benefitting customers, investors, employees and other stakeholders. This newly redesigned website is one of the many steps Sappi is taking to unite its global divisions as part of its groundbreaking 2020Vision strategy, which seeks to pursue growth opportunities in the woodfibre industry. Continue reading

‘Tis the season to declutter and recycle

wrapping paper

Keep paper separate once pressies have been unwrapped. It is also best to remove plastic from paper packaging and keep the paper clean and dry. And keep aside all ribbons and decorative items – and re-use them for next year!

Ah, December – not only a time for gifts and festivities but also the perfect time to declutter our homes and offices. According to the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (PRASA), white or office paper is among the least recycled products in South Africa. This is largely due to archiving and storage of important documents. Continue reading