We support a pulp industry with a clean, healthy environment and safe, sustainable jobs.
We have done extensive research on how to make that happen. Here is what we found:
Extensive scientific evidence supports our conclusion that oxygen-based bleaching is safest for workers, communities, and the environment.
Oxygen-based, closed-loop pulp mills are the best route forward to a successful and ecologically responsible pulp industry.
In 1998 authors Jay Ritchlin and Paul Johnston, for Reach for Unbleached and Greenpeace International, collaborated, under the auspices of the Zero Toxics Alliance Pulp Caucus, to produce Zero Discharge: Technological Progress Towards Eliminating Kraft Pulp Mill Liquid Effluent, Minimising Remaining Waste Streams And Advancing Worker Safety. The report was intended to pinpoint the most advanced millproactices for pollution prevention and as a reality check on environmental organizations' conviction that getting the chlorine out of the bleaching system was a critical step toward closed loop pulp and paper production. It looked at the most recent research of the 1990s and, unfortunately is still current in the mid-2000s.
Read the Executive Summary
Download the full Zero Discharge report (pdf 313 kb)
We made this important tool to evaluate the technical, environmental, economic and community impacts of your local pulp mill. If you can find the information about what processes and equipment the mill you are investigating uses, you can use the step by step questions in the Pollution Prevention Report Card to focus on the most important urgent issues requiring attention. Explore the Pollution Prevention Report Card
You will find the Production of Bleached Kraft an invaluable introduction to the issues addressed in the Pollution Prevention Report Card; both documents are important in their scope to address the range of pollution and production issues in pulp and paper making.
Over the years our bimonthly newsletter MillWatch has produced numerous short accounts of pollution prevention and clean production efforts by mills around the world. Some of the most notable are: