Sustaining forests.
  • We keep forestland forested and sustainable by sourcing our fiber only from well-managed forests and by providing economic incentives for landowners to manage their resources responsibly.
  • Nationally and globally, we promote legal trade in forest products, support third-party sustainability certifications, and work with non-governmental organizations to drive responsible management.
Energy and emissions.
  • We reduce our air emissions by implementing efficient manufacturing technologies, investing in energy efficiency improvements, and fuel switching.
  • Our mills run on 80-90% renewable biomass residual energy, rather than fossil fuels.
  • Our investments in forest restoration and sustainable forest management help increase forest carbon stocks and mitigate climate change.
Reducing waste.
  • Cellulose fiber is a natural material that degrades much more quickly than synthetic materials, such as SAP and plastics. Using cellulose to replace synthetic materials can reduce the non-degradable material, such as plastic, deposited into the natural environment.
Water management.
  • Unlike other agricultural products such as cotton, forestry doesn’t require intensive irrigation/water use, which helps us manage our water consumption.
  • We also return nearly 95% of the water we use back to waterways and work deliberately to improve the quality of water we discharge.
Accreditations for sustainable practices.
  • ISO certifications
  • Third-party fiber certifications (e.g., FSC® and PEFC™)
  • Nation-specific Ecolabel approvals
  • Find out more about International Paper’s sustainability efforts here.