More and more companies are searching for products that support the solutions to the climate and biodiversity crisis, including in their paper and packaging. To support their success and the marketplace of Next Generation Solutions, Canopy has released the updated EcoPaper Database for 2020. Bigger, better and easier-to-use than ever, the EcoPaper Database features more than 850 listings, and for the first time is beyond North America in scope, now including products from Europe and Asia.

Canopy is a not-for-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting forests, species and climate and is a Steering Committee member of EPN-North America. Canopy has collaborated with more than 750 companies to develop innovative solutions, make their supply chains more sustainable and help protect our world’s remaining Ancient and Endangered Forests.

In a statement, Nicole Rycroft, a founder of EPN and Canopy’s Executive Director, said, “We are thrilled to provide this key go-to resource for companies wanting to reduce their impacts on high carbon and biodiverse forests by sourcing eco-friendly packaging and papers.”

Earning a designation on the EcoPaper Database as a category leader is based on a criteria developed by a consensus process of the Steering Committee of EPN-North America. The result, dubbed, The Paper Steps is a set of straightforward criteria for a hierarchy of environmental leadership. Highly rated products include printing and writing grade papers, office stationery, and packaging made with 100% or other high recycled content, or with agricultural residue/alternative fibre. (Read more on alternative fibre investments here.)

What’s new in this year’s EcoPaper Database?

  • The 2020 EcoPaper Database features 515 new listings with a total of 856 paper, packaging and pulp entries.
  • It is the most comprehensive listing of alternative fibre pulp and papers, with more 255 Next Generation options included.
  • This update includes 257 packaging products, a considerably larger selection than any previous EPD.
  • For the first time, it’s global in scope, with an option to search by regional availability.
  • Additional focus has been given to a range of packaging and alternative fibre grades available in Europe and Asia.
  • It lists alternative fibre pulp to help Canopy’s brand partners looking for pulp suppliers globally. Alternative fibre options include wheat straw, bamboo, sugarcane bagasse, and various agricultural residues, as well as an increase in products with recycled content.

According to Lisa Serra, Senior Director, Paper Procurement and Compliance from Scholastic Inc. “Canopy’s latest EcoPaper Database is easy-to-use and will surely be an indispensable tool to any business looking for support in achieving sustainability goals.”

The 2020 EcoPaper Database shows that it is getting easier for businesses and consumers to source environmental paper and packaging options. Market demand for tangible environmental solutions is growing rapidly and this year’s EcoPaper Database shows just how quickly supply is expanding to meet customer needs.

As in previous years, the EcoPaper Database is fully interactive and features detailed information on each product and company.

Further information, please contact:
Laura Repas, Canopy
+1 416 729-7484
laura.repas@canopyplanet.org