PHILADELPHIA — SCA Tissue deepened its environmental partnership with the Philadelphia Eagles when it teamed up recently for a special event in Eagles Forest, a 6.5 acre space located within the Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.
The two organizations, both headquartered in Philadelphia, held a VIP Tree Planting event on Friday, May 29, that included executives and employees from both organizations, SCA customers, and special participation by three Eagles alumni players: linebacker Gary Cobb, wide receiver Fred Barnett, and wide receiver Mike Quick.
Participants planted 15 trees Friday, which were added to the 1,500-plus trees and shrubs the Eagles previously planted in the space, more than 150 of which were purchased by fans.
“We are proud of the mutual commitment to the environment we share with the Philadelphia Eagles under their Go Green program and pleased to be part of their Eagles Forest initiative for the second year in a row,” said Joe Russo, SCA Tissue Vice President of Sales — Distribution, U.S. and Canada. Also attending were: Russ Macchione, SCA Tissue Vice President of Sales, East Region; Leonard Bonacci, Eagles Director of Operations; Katie Holohan, Eagles Manager of Corporate Partnerships; and Swoop, the Eagles mascot.
In remarks at the event, Russo said that parent company SCA has a long record of supporting sustainable forestry management, planting three trees for every one tree used in Europe. In North America, SCA Tissue manufactures its Tork® towel, tissue and napkin products using 100 percent recycled paper.
Russo pointed out that based on its recycling annually of more than 750,000 tons of paper and its other environmental initiatives, SCA Tissue annually saves: 255 million gallons of oil; 11.9 million trees; 2.8 billion kilowatts of electricity; 283,000 gallons of diesel fuel; 5.25 billion gallons of water; and 2.25 million cubic yards of landfill space.
SCA Tissue’s strong commitment to the environment played a major role in prompting the Eagles organization to switch to the global Tork® brand for all of its towel, tissue, napkin and soap dispensing systems at Lincoln Financial Field and at its corporate headquarters, the NovaCare Complex.
The Philadelphia Eagles, a pioneer among professional sports teams in environmental initiatives, made SCA Tissue the sole supplier of sanitary paper products in 2007. More than one million people visit Lincoln Financial Field each year to attend Eagles games, other sporting events and concerts.
The Eagles organization was the first team in professional sports to adopt responsibility for the environment to its role in the community. In 2003, the team launched the Go Green campaign, in an effort to reduce the team’s environmental impact and motivate fans and business leaders to do the same.
In his remarks at the tree planting event, Bonacci talked about the value of the partnership between his organization and SCA Tissue. The Eagles focus on environmental responsibility has been strengthened by the use of Tork products and systems, he added.
SCA Tissue is one of the three largest producers of Away From Home tissue products in North America and the first American papermaker to earn EcoLogoCM certification for its environmentally sustainable processes and products. SCA Tissue also recently 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 dual certification. More information on SCA Tissue and Tork is available at www.torkusa.com.
Parent company SCA is a $17 billion (US) global consumer goods and paper company that is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, and was named the second greenest company on the planet in 2007, a member of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by The Ethisphere in 2008 and 2009, and a Top 100 Sustainable Company for five years running by the Corporate Knights. More information is available at www.sca.com.