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Landau Associates is Switching to 100 Percent Recycled Office Papers

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EDMONDS, WA December 7, 2015 – In early 2015, Landau Associates’ employee Sustainability Committee proposed that the company consider switching to entirely 100% post-consumer waste (PCW) recycled office papers. Recycled papers are widely considered to have a less negative impact on the environment than papers made from virgin fibers because the production process requires fewer trees and less water, energy, and toxic chemicals. The use of recycled papers also helps to keep paper out of landfills, reducing the creation of methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.

In the past, Landau Associates has purchased an assortment of papers with 30% PCW, 100% PCW, and some with no recycled content (virgin paper) from a variety of suppliers. We evaluated the papers we had been purchasing and found that we could switch to 100% PCW without an increase in our total paper costs or decrease in print quality. We negotiated a sizable discount on office papers by consolidating our purchases with one supplier, a regional wholesaler/retailer with warehouse facilities located in or near the cities where Landau Associates offices are located. Next-day delivery is included in the price.

Some of the new papers we will purchase cost a little more than what we had been paying, but some of them cost much, much less – a win-win solution for the environment and our bottom line. We will also see improved print quality, a benefit that supports Landau Associates’ quality-focused brand.

What’s changed?

  • All office printers will be stocked with 100% PCW (previously 30% PCW) paper with Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certification, a US and Canadian paper industry environmental standard.
  • Premium report papers will continue to be 100% PCW, but at half the previous cost and with better print quality. Our premium papers are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international non-profit organization that promotes responsible forest management. FSC certification is accepted by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system of the US Green Building Council.
  • Our color document divider papers are now FSC-certified, 30% PCW, at one-third the cost we had been paying. In the past, our color dividers did not contain PCW.

What’s next?

We will evaluate environmentally friendly alternatives to potentially replace protective plastic covers and comb binding on technical reports. We have identified an alternative material for report covers that is made from recycled milk jugs, and we will also explore biodegradable alternatives such as corn or potato starch-derived materials. We will continue to evaluate opportunities to increase our use of FSC-certified papers.

In the course of conducting our research on recycled papers, we looked to the examples set by three Landau Associates paper industry clients who are committed to sustainable practices: Port Townsend Paper, Nippon Paper Industries USA, and the Boise Wallula mill. Port Townsend Paper recycles one-third of ALL the cardboard in Washington State each year. Nippon Paper Industries USA’s Port Angeles Mill is an integrated pulp and paper mill whose products include recycled content; they also operate a co-gen facility that is capable of producing more than 150,000 megawatts of green electricity annually. And Packaging Corporation of America’s Boise Wallula mill is SFI-certified. Our clients’ accomplishments help to underscore our belief that we are on the right track, striving to reduce waste and achieve greater efficiencies—a goal shared by Landau Associates, our employees, clients, and the communities in which we live and work.