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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

Voith and the Oscars® – a Short Story about the Night’s Glamorous Envelopes

Enveloping excellence. Picture credits: ©Gmund Papier

Enveloping excellence. Picture credits: ©Gmund Papier


“And the Oscar goes to…“ – these magic words will once again make 24 movie stars very happy at the 88th presentation of the Academy Awards®. The famous stage at the Dolby Theatre® will also feature a little piece of Voith, when the world’s entertainment industry is looking excitedly at the golden envelopes. Because the paper for the envelopes, which currently contain the presumably 24 best kept secrets of the film industry, originates from a paper machine made by Voith. Continue reading

Going Paperless Does Not Save Trees

Aerial view of Mondi South Africa's plantations (Credit: Mondi)

Aerial view of Mondi South Africa’s plantations (Credit: Mondi)

New study commissioned by Two Sides explains why the popular “go paperless – save trees” slogans are misleading and false.

Two Sides North America has released a new study outlining key facts on why paperless initiatives do not save trees. Findings point to mounting evidence that loss of markets for paper and other wood products, a large portion of which are produced from wood harvested on privately-owned land, increases the risk of forest loss. The study was conducted by Dovetail Partners, an environmental think-tank specializing in forestry research and analysis. Continue reading

Recycling – Good for the environment and economy

iStock_000025462689Medium - CopyRecovered paper fibre has been used in South Africa as a raw material since 1920 and is a well-established waste stream with a recovery rate of over 60%.

The Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (PRASA), operating as a subsidiary of the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA), has for the past 13 years promoted recovered and recycled paper fibre as a vital link in the renewability chain.

Paper products are renewable because they are made from plantation-grown trees that have been planted, grown and harvested in cycles – and then the land is renewed with new trees which in time will provide a fresh fibre supply. Continue reading