Japs-Olson Sustainability Initiatives

Recognizing that paper consumption is a significant part of our environmental footprint, Japs-Olson formally developed an Ancient and Endangered Forest Conservation Policy in 2013 with the environmental not-for-profit Canopy. As part of our ongoing work with Canopy to reduce impacts on the world’s forests, climate, and to offer sustainable products to our customers, Japs-Olson has made the following progress:

Increased Recycled Paper Content

Japs-Olson has been recycling for over half a century and gives preference to recycled content and post-consumer waste content to customers.

Our efforts in 2015 resulted in 14,617 tons of paper recycled. This saves the following:

  • Trees Saved: 248,489
  • Energy Saved: 58,468,000 kWh
  • Water Saved: 102,319,000 gallons
  • Landfill Space Saved: 48,236.1 Cubic yards
  • Oil Saved: 125,900 barrels

Industry supported life cycle analysis (LCA) shows sourcing recycled fiber can reduce overall pressure on forests and other important natural resources like water, as well as reduce the carbon footprint of the paper, especially when fibers from post-consumer waste are used in paper production.1 Therefore, Japs-Olson Company:

  • Already uses coated paper with a minimum of 10% up to 30% PCW and uncoated papers with up to 30% PCW
  • Encourage its suppliers and recycling infrastructure to continuously improve and expand the availability of recycled content in papers

Use of FSC® certified paper increased from 11% to 22.2% of total paper used between 2008 and 2015.

Greenhouse gas emissions per impression have decreased by 18% from 2007 to 2014.

Greenhouse gas emissions have decreased by 27.5% from 2007 to 2014.

1 Paper Task Force Report and Environmental Defense Paper Calculator. “The scientific basis for these conclusions is the analysis of the Paper TaskForce, a three-year research project convened by Environmental Defense and involving Duke University, Johnson & Johnson, McDonald’s, Prudential Insurance, and Time Inc. The Paper Task Force examined environmental impacts through the full lifecycle of paper, along with economic and functional issues across major paper grades. Its findings were extensively peer-reviewed by scientists, academics, environmental experts, and government and industry representatives.”
Recycling one ton of paper saves:

17 trees
7000 gallons of water
4000 KW Hrs. of Electricity
3.3 cubic yards of landfill space
2 barrels of oil