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February 27, 2009
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PHILADELPHIA ¾ SCA Tissue has earned Green SealTM certification on an assortment of its products, making Tork® the largest Away From Home sanitary paper product brand in North America to earn certification by both Green Seal and by EcoLogoCM.
Fifteen SKUs of Tork towels, tissues and napkins are now certified by both Green Seal and EcoLogo, earning the right to display the certification marks of the world’s two premier independent environmental certification organizations.
A majority of all Tork towel, tissue and napkin products in North America are certified as environmentally friendly by EcoLogo,the certification arm of the Environmental Choice Program. Formed in 1988 by the Canadian government, EcoLogo is North America’s oldest independent certification of environmental performance.
Green Seal is widely recognized throughout North America as an independent non-profit organization that is dedicated to safeguarding the environment and transforming the marketplace by promoting the manufacture, purchase and use of environmentally responsible product and services.
Working with industry and stakeholders to set environmental standards for products and services, Green Seal operates under international ISO 14020 and 14024 guidelines for environmental labeling programs.
“Because a significant number of our customers and consumers either specify Green Seal certification for purchase of cleaning and sanitary paper products or use Green Seal standards as a model in setting their own environmental criteria for products, the dual certification of Green Seal and EcoLogo will create additional sales opportunities for our distributor partners,” said Joseph Russo, SCA Tissue Vice President of Sales, Distribution U.S. and Canada.
“Our customers have been asking us to provide them with another tool to help demonstrate their commitment to providing environmentally responsible products and increase their ability to service their customers in those markets,” said David Rizley, SCA Tissue Vice President of Sales, Strategic Accounts. “Certification by Green Seal provides that additional tool.
The rigorous third-party auditing procedures utilized by EcoLogo helped pave the way for certification by Green Seal, according to Mike Kapalko, SCA Tissue Environmental & Tork Services Manager.
“The Green Seal logo on Tork products that already display the EcoLogo seal will signify to all that these products meet the very highest eco-standards of both leading eco-certification programs,” Kapalko said.
SCA Tissue, one of the three largest producers of Away From Home tissue products in North America, was the first American papermaker to earn EcoLogo certification, which addresses not only product content but also holistic criteria for energy and water use, waste and effluent discharge.
Because it uses only 100 percent recycled paper to manufacture its Tork products, SCA Tissue recycles 7500,000 tons of paper annually, of which 400,000 tons are post-consumer. That equates to saving:
  • 12.75 million trees, filtering 612 million pounds of carbon dioxide
  • 285 million gallons of oil
  • 2.25 million cubic yards of landfill space
  • 3.0 billion kilowatts of energy
  • 5.25 billion gallons of water.
From its use of recycled raw materials and a mill of origin program that cuts transportation fuel usage to its process chlorine-free bleaching fiber treatment, industry-leading water conservation initiatives and innovative dispensing systems that reduce paper consumption, SCA Tissue is recognized as an environmental leader in North America.
SCA Tissue has annual sales of $1 billion and total employment of 2,400 people. Headquartered in Philadelphia, SCA Tissue has manufacturing and office facilities in Wisconsin, Alabama, Arizona and upstate New York.
A division of SCA Americas, SCA Tissue is owned by SCA, a $17 billion (US) global manufacturer of personal hygiene products, publication paper and forestry products with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. SCA employs 50,000 people and conducts business in 90 countries.
SCA recently was named for the fifth consecutive year to the Corporate Knight’s annual list of the world’s 100 most sustainable corporations. The company also was selected by The Ethisphere Institute for its 2008 World’s Most Ethical Companies list.
In 2007, SCA was named the second most environmentally responsible company in the world by The Independent, a major British newspaper, in conjunction with Ethical Investment Research Services, a leading non-profit provider of independent research into the social, environmental and ethical performance of more than 2,800 companies worldwide.
For more information on SCA Tissue and its environmental practices and products, visit www.torkusa.com. For more information on SCA, visit www.sca.com
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