Rapidly renewable resources have been recognized for years by the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as raw materials that are environmentally preferred. By virtue of their greater potential to be replenished quickly, relative to other raw materials used for the same purpose, rapidly renewable fiber is considered to be more sustainable.
Solaris Paper towel and tissue paper products are derived from Rapidly Renewable Resources (RRR). RRR is one of a group of 5 legitimate pathways in LEED that also include EPA compliant and products certified by Green Seal, Ecologo and FSC 9Forest Stewardship Council. RRR has been a compliance pathway in LEED EBOM (Existing Buildings: Operation and Maintenance) since the 2009 version (v3) and is also in the newly published v4.
Disposable towel and tissue products are often formulated with 20%-100% post-consumer recycled paper components because traditional sources of fiber from trees are not rapidly renewable. This substitution of waste paper from a slowly renewable forest-based resource was a convenient way to divert the mounting waste paper stream away from landfills and decrease demand for products derived from slow-growth forests. That’s smart.
In recent years the waste paper stream, which is the significant source of base material supply for recycled paper products, has decreased due to the worldwide trend towards the use of digital documents and media, such as email. At the same time, the worlds growing population is challenging the resources we have. The availability and economic advantages once offered by traditional paper streams have become less dependable. At the same time, a new source of rapidly renewable trees has emerged. And the faster something can replenish itself, the more sustainable it is. This is a product lifecycle concept. A concept Solaris Paper is committed to.
Forward thinking procurement professionals and facilities managers no longer have to choose between environmental responsibility and quality paper products. They have a smarter paper choice.
Rapidly renewable fiber (RRF) offers an alternative that replaces the recycle stream with a source of virgin fiber that is free of the waste collection and re-processing footprint carried by post-consumer recycled fiber.
Due to the nature of the fiber, there’s no question that rapidly renewable products are softer, brighter and whiter. Procurement professionals can compare the quality and economics of rapidly renewable fiber and recycled products and choose the one that offers the better value proposition for them. We feel confident you will find rapidly renewable fiber to be the smarter solution.
Modern tree plantations, particularly along the equator, are expanding the notion of “green” paper through the development of certified-sustainable rapidly renewable tree plantations.
Rapidly Renewable is a term that describes plant materials that harvest in a 10-year cycle or less. Our strategic supply partner produces Rapidly Renewable Fiber (RRF) from trees that flourish in warm, moist climates, and reach full height and maturity in 6-8 years. In temperate, northern climates, a well-managed production forest takes 15-25 years to grow. That’s why 80% of the fiber* in Solaris Paper products is derived from fast-growing Eucalyptus and Acacia species harvested from sustainably managed “tree farms”. Young, fast-growing trees enable shorter harvest cycles yielding more paper from more trees on less land and in less time. That’s true sustainability in paper.
Moreover, RRF is virgin fiber. This means that it does not gain any additional energy footprint; which is collected from consumer recycle bins or the chemical impurity footprint associated with re-processing in de-inking plants. And the end-product is a whiter, brighter, softer, “greener” and smarter paper choice.
*The remaining 20 percent is from production forests certified as sustainable through the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the largest forestry certification organization in the world.
Our suppliers’ plantations are responsibly grown and harvested in six to eight year rotations on degraded wasteland. This Rapidly Renewable Fiber (RRF) is replenished significantly faster than typical North American sourcing where forests can take 15-25 years to grow.