Making Strides

The Right Way to Do Business

Part of doing business the right way is being a good corporate citizen. To us, that means protecting the environments where we operate and through volunteer clean-up efforts and participating in industry studies that support positive change in product manufacturing and distribution.

Assessing Our Impact on Protected Environments: A number of our facilities are located near protected environments, such as major bodies of water. We assess the impact of KapStone facilities’ operations on such environments on an ongoing basis by evaluating compliance with water and air permit limits and other applicable regulatory programs.

Reducing GHG Emissions in Corrugated Products: KapStone joined other corrugated products industry members on a Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA) committee commissioned by the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement to conduct a full Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of a 1-kg industry average corrugated product. The aim of the study was to generate high-quality, up-to-date data on the environmental impacts of corrugated packaging (new and recycled) and compare products manufactured in 2010 with those produced in 2006.

Some of the CPA study outcomes include:

  • A significant 32 percent reduction per unit in the industry’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions between 2006 and 2010;
  • Effects of nutrient releases on receiving waters and soils (eutrophication) decreased by 22 percent; and
  • Effects of particulate matter emissions (respiratory effects) decreased by 14 percent.

The study also showed that the worldwide market needs both new and recycled fibers to produce the best quality corrugated products and to ensure a consistent and sustainable supply.

"A significant 32 percent reduction per unit in the industry’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions between 2006 and 2010."

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