Cascades Tissue Group, a part of the Canada-based paper company Cascades Inc., says its entire line of Cascades and North River away-from-home towel and tissue products have achieved Green Seal Standard, GS-1 re-certification of Sanitary Paper Products.
In September 2011, Green Seal made revisions to its GS-1 standard. The standard was first established more than 20 years ago for products such as bathroom tissue, facial tissue, paper towels, napkins, wipes and placemats. The standard sets environmental, health and social requirements for paper products and addresses environmental life-cycle issues spanning raw materials, manufacturing, packaging and product use and performance.
The revised GS-1 standard provides more stringent criteria, including increasing the amount of post-consumer material required by an average of 25 percent, monitoring air and wastewater quality and expanding product performance and packaging requirements. Products must also adhere to strict requirements related to qualities like weight, strength, absorbency and sheet count and size.
Cascades says it now possesses the largest offering of Green Seal-certified towel and tissue products in North America, according to a news release. The re-certification encompasses 114 branded products, all made from 100 percent recycled fiber.
“Cascades has offered Green Seal-certified paper towels and tissue since 2005,” says Arthur Weissman, president and CEO of Green Seal. “In achieving certification to the revised GS-1 standard, the North River and Cascades products continue to represent leadership in sustainability in this industry.”
“We’re honored to have the most products conforming to GS-1 in the market and commend Green Seal for their detailed, comprehensive approach to ensuring high standards of product performance and environmental quality,” says Suzanne Blanchet, president and CEO of Cascades Tissue Group. “Given that these papers are heavily used in North America, and often used just once before being disposed of, it’s a valuable certification for everyone.”
Greenseallogo in January folder