Verifying Our Wood Procurement Practices
Georgia-Pacific has taken several steps to provide assurance to our customers that we are responsibly sourcing wood and fiber for our pulp, paper and wood products operations.
Our ongoing actions include:
- Certification of our wood and fiber sourcing practices;
- An independent analysis for controlled wood risk in the basins where we operate; and
- Implementation of chain of custody programs.
Helping Bring Back the American Chestnut
Georgia-Pacific is working to bring back the American Chestnut near the Georgia-Pacific Big Island, Virginia, mill. The species was nearly wiped out by a fungal disease in the early 1900s. But working in partnership with the American Chestnut Foundation, Georgia-Pacific has planted over 500 saplings on mill property. The company has a 20–year commitment to maintain and manage the test plot.
Pushing for Greater Recovery
U.S. paper producers have set a goal of recovering 70 percent of the paper produced in the United States by 2020. In 2015, the industry recovered 66.8 percent of the paper consumed in the U.S., nearly doubling the rate of recovery since 1990. The paper recovery goal is one of six sustainability goals established by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) as part of its Better Practices Better Planet 2020 initiative. GP supports this effort, which includes one of the most extensive and quantifiable sets of sustainability goals of any major manufacturing industry in the United States.
Building Better Environments
Georgia-Pacific’s innovative products can help improve indoor and outdoor environments. GP’s DensArmor Plus® interior drywall is the first gypsum drywall to be GREENGUARD and GREENGUARD Gold certified for low VOC emissions. The Dens® family of gypsum products resists moisture and potential mold growth during and after construction. And for nearly 30 years, versatile and durable DensDeck® roof boards have protected commercial structures all over the world. GP’s low-emission resins work has positive implications for our customers and = consumers as well. Responding to the needs of fiberglass insulation and high pressure laminate manufacturers, GP has developed low-formaldehyde emitting resins that improve indoor air quality and help our customers meet GREENGUARD certification requirements when our resins are used in their products. Our low formaldehyde resins also improve our customers’ workplace environments while significantly reducing facility emissions.