Rapidly Renewable is a term that describes plant materials that harvest in a 10-year cycle or less. 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. Our Solaris Paper towel and tissue products are produced from Rapidly Renewable Fiber (RRF) from fast growing eucalyptus and acacia trees that flourish in warm, moist climates—and reach full height and maturity in 6-8 years, as opposed to old growth trees that can take 15-25 years to grow to full maturity. 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.
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Rapidly renewable resources are recognized 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 or base materials used for the same purpose, rapidly renewable fiber is considered to be a more sustainable choice.
Rapidly Renewable Fiber (RRF) 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 (Forest Stewardship Council). RRF 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 2014 (v4).
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Due to the nature of the fiber, there’s no question that rapidly renewable products are softer, brighter and whiter. Procurement professionals should compare the quality, economics and longer-term sustainability of RRF and recycled products and choose the one that offers the better value proposition for them – and a smarter solution.