SOLARIS - A WHITER, SOFTER,
TO ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE PAPER
There is often a tradeoff between the need for an environmentally responsible paper and the look, feel, and quality-of-work it performs. Solaris offers a new category - one with LEED credentials - the Rapidly Renewable Fiber (RRF) paper. Because the paper is virgin fiber, and rapidly grown under exacting specifications on tree plantations, it offers a really awesome end result with a great green resume as well. Click on video to right
for the Solaris Paper story.
RAPIDLY RENEWABLE FIBER (RRF)
CAN BE BETTER THAN RECYCLED:
HERE ARE FOUR FACTORS TO CONSIDER
THE SOLARIS PATH TO ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY
RAPIDLY RENEWABLE FIBER (RRF) - HOW IT WORKS
Solaris Paper grows eucalyptus and acacia trees on plantations, which can be sustainably and responsibly harvested every six years. This provides a path to environmentally friendly product, nurtured specifically for harvest and avoiding use of old-growth forests. Rapid growth methodologies improve on normal increase rates of 30-50 years before harvest with quicker, more effective application of 6-8 years to harvesting. This process goes on without invading old-growth forests. It utilizes crops specifically grown on Solaris plantations, rather than taking trees from forests that benefit the atmosphere and environment. Moreover, RRF is virgin fiber. It does not gain any additional energy footprint from consumer recycle bins or re-processing in de-inking plants. The end-product is a whiter, brighter, softer, “greener” and smarter paper choice.
EARN LEED POINTS WITH RRF
Rapidly renewable resources are recognized by the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Green Building Council as raw materials that are environmentally preferred. By virtue of their greater potential to be replenished quickly, rapidly renewable fiber is considered to be a more sustainable choice.
Rapidly Renewable Fiber (RRF) is one of 5 pathways in LEED that also include EPA compliant and products certified by Green Seal, Ecologo and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). RRF has been a compliance pathway in LEED EBOM (Existing Buildings: Operation and Maintenance) since the 2009 version (v3) and is also in the newly published 2016 (v4).
Solaris is committed to zero deforestation, and the Acacia and Eucalyptus plantations used to grow the paper, converted in the U.S.A., provide a result that is whiter, brighter, softer and more absorbent.
At the same time, there are few of the chemical issues (like Optical Brightening Agents) that the recycled answer involves. Solaris Paper is virgin pulp grown in a way that meets the requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED standards.
Reference: EQc7 of LEED EBOM 2016 (v4) and IEQc3.3 of LEED EBOM 2009 (v3).