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Neenah Paper announces new environmental platform

Press release from the issuing company

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (January 22, 2007) - As a manufacturing company, Neenah Paper has long been an industry leader in the development of sustainable products and processes, from recycled content papers to chlorine free technologies. Neenah’s comprehensive new environmental platform includes expanded offerings certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Processed Chlorine Free (PCF) certified papers. “All the papers we manufacture are environmentally responsible,” said Bill O’Connor, President, Paper Group. “We’re proud that Neenah’s ENVIRONMENT brand has been hailed as one of the absolute best recycled papers. As importantly, our mindset of being the best extends to how we manufacture our products and the lasting effects those processes will have on the environment.” The environmental platform includes the following: - Expanded FSC-certified offerings. Neenah Paper is expanding its offering of premium FSC-certified papers to include 100 percent post-consumer fiber whites in the four finishes of the company’s flagship CLASSIC Brand and ENVIRONMENT® Papers. Neenah was one of the first premium paper companies to offer FSC-certified papers, and it continues to support sustainable forestry practices of the FSC. Neenah is also the first mill in the world to watermark the FSC symbol and Chain of Custody into its papers. - PCF certification. Neenah Paper is the first premium paper mill to be certified by the Chlorine Free Products Association as Processed Chlorine Free (PCF). All of Neenah’s 100 percent post-consumer fiber papers in the CLASSIC and ENVIRONMENT brands are made without chlorine or chlorine compounds, and now proudly carry the PCF emblem. Additionally, this third-party certification assures earth-minded individuals and businesses that these papers meet the highest environmental specifications and exceed other current standards. “One of the key benefits of the chlorine free auditing process is a comparison of raw, fresh water use,” says Archie Beaton, Executive Director of the Chlorine Free Products Association, explaining why companies should seek PCF-certification. “Some paper companies use as much as 40,000 gallons of fresh water for every one ton of paper produced. When producing PCF-certified papers, mills can reuse that water up to 10 times. But when companies use chlorine chemistry, they can not reuse the water because the chlorine is so caustic it corrodes the metal equipment in the mill. Mills we have certified, such as Neenah Paper, use less than 3,000 gallons of water per ton of product.”

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