Forest sector and DUC renew wetlands partnerhip

In conjunction with the start of National Forest Week, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) announced that the Forest Management Wetland Stewardship Initiative (FMWSI) would be renewed for a second three-year term. FMWSI is a unique partnership between DUC and Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc., Canfor, the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), Millar Western Forest Products Ltd., Tolko Industries Ltd., West Fraser, and Weyerhaeuser Company. The initiative grew out of a shared desire among partners to pool resources and tools, to advance wetland stewardship in the working forests of Canada’s boreal region. In its first term, FMWSI focused on addressing knowledge gaps in the industry by developing guiding principles and best management practices for forest practitioners operating in or near wetlands. Now complete, these resources are available for free download or purchase from the DUC website. The second term will build on the accomplishments of the first, with a greater emphasis on knowledge transfer.
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Packaging punchlist: How the right design can help shippers save time, money and the environment

For shippers dealing with high damage rates, getting products to customers in one piece understandably is job number one. But in the highly competitive marketplace, choosing packaging solutions that offer adequate protection is only one aspect of a winning strategy for shipping. Four other factors must be considered when you’re designing packaging: optimizing dimensional weight, minimizing the environmental impact, wowing customers and meeting network requirements for FedEx, UPS, the USPS and Amazon. Shippers that ignore any one aspect of package performance risk losing customers to competitors that take a more holistic approach to packaging design. click on read more below...
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Transcontinental Inc. Announces the Renewal of its Normal Course Issuer Bid Plan

Transcontinental Inc. has been authorized to purchase for cancellation on the open market, between October 1st, 2019 and September 30, 2020, up to 1,000,000 of its Class A Subordinate Voting Shares and up to 190,560 of its Class B Shares, representing approximately 1.36% of the 73,360,754 issued and outstanding Class A Subordinate Voting Shares and of the 13,979,626 issued and outstanding Class B Shares as of September 18, 2019. The average daily trading volume on the Toronto Stock Exchange of Class A Subordinate Voting Shares for the past six months was 308,200 and the average daily trading volume on the Toronto Stock Exchange of Class B Shares for the past six months was 706. In accordance with the Toronto Stock Exchange requirements, a maximum daily purchase of the greater of 25% of these averages or 1,000 shares may be made, which represent a total of 77,050 Class A subordinate Voting Shares and a total of 1,000 Class B Shares. The purchases will be made in the normal course of business at market prices through the facilities of the Toronto Stock Exchange and/or alternative Canadian trading systems in accordance with the requirements of the exchange, and/or subject to the approval of any securities authority by private agreements. If applicable, purchases through private agreements will be executed at a price that is less than the prevailing market price on the Toronto Stock Exchange at the time of the purchase.
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Towards a circular bio-based Europe

The world’s consumption of valuable resources is reaching its limits and we need to make a giant leap towards a circular economy. The current linear system (take-make-waste) is no longer working for businesses, for people or for the environment. The linear economy must change in order for the world to reach a sustainable balance. This change is needed at all levels of society: both individuals and industries alike. A circular economy is an irreversible, global megatrend that presents many opportunities to take action. Low-carbon, climate-resilient circular economy on the agenda at the European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy event. The European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy event, which is being held from 30 September to 1 October in Helsinki, is the key circular economy event in Finland during the country’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. The forestry sector plays a significant role in the bio-based industries in developing novel materials to replace fossil-based materials. Sustainably-managed forests and circular economy principles have been the cornerstones of the modern forestry industry for a long time, and we strongly support the development of a circular, bio-based Europe.
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Pearson 2019 Nine Month Trading Update (Unaudited)

John Fallon, Chief Executive said: "The third quarter has been significantly weaker than we expected in US Higher Education Courseware. Whilst difficult in the short term this places more importance on our work to remake this part of Pearson and we are exploring new ways of deploying our new technology platform so that we can offer students highly affordable, convenient, adaptive, digital courseware. We still expect revenue across Pearson as a whole to stabilise this year, with encouraging growth in many parts of the company." Sidney Taurel, Chair of Pearson said: “Pearson has come a long way through its digital transformation and the company is in much better shape than it was three years ago. There are still challenges to overcome in our US Higher Education Courseware business, which we are all very focused on. We are now a leaner, more efficient and more digital company with a strong balance sheet, which gives us a platform from which we can address these challenges."
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Study confirms 70 % less climate impact from paper packaging

FibreForm has up to 71% less global warming impact compared to trays made of only plastic. The life cycle assessment study is the first of its kind that compares the environmental profile of plastic-based trays against paper. The difference in climate impact is substantial, says Michael Sturges, who lead the study at RISE. The main reason for the lower global warming potential is that the FibreForm laminate requires less energy in production than plastic. In addition, the tray can be recycled as paper in most European countries, which reduces the end-of-life impact. The first tray made of FibreForm was released to the market about 10 years ago and further improved together with production partners.
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Oil prices steady amid concerns of rising supplies and sluggish demand (cnbc.com)

Oil prices were steady on Thursday after falling the previous two sessions on industry concerns about rising supplies and signs of slowing demand. Brent prices have dropped 3.6% since the close on Monday, while WTI is down 3.7% over the same period, weighed down by a surprise 2.4 million-barrel build in U.S. crude inventories last week and a faster than expected recovery of Saudi production capacity after the Sept. 14 attacks on its production plants.
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Diaper Need Awareness Week 2019

National Diaper Need Awareness Week draws attention to the issue of diaper poverty in the United States. According to the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN), one in three U.S. families struggles to provide enough diapers to keep a baby or toddler clean, dry and healthy. Babies without enough diapers are exposed to more health risks and are less likely to be accepted at daycares, which may leave parents unable to work. In 2012, the NDBN launched National Diaper Need Awareness Week to provide individuals, organizations, communities and elected officials an opportunity to engage in real talk and simple actions around diaper affordability. This year, Domtar is honored to participate. Our Delaware, Ohio, Personal Care facility manufactures our baby diaper products and will welcome Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle, who will officially proclaim the week of Sept. 23 as Diaper Need Awareness Week in the city of Delaware.
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World premieres at the Heidelberg Label Day: FoilStar Cure and new Performance Package offer innovative solutions for in-mold labels with cold foil

Labels give products their unique identity and boost the impulse to buy at the point of sale. The label market combines a share of some five percent of the worldwide print volume of around EUR 400 billion with great growth potential. This is why Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) decided to present its extensive portfolio around label production at not one, but two events in September. Gallus, a subsidiary of Heidelberg, demonstrates all the possibilities around digital and conventional label printing as well as digital finishing in the narrow-web field at Labelexpo in Brussels (Gallus digital press folder). At the Label Day at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site, visitors saw complete production workflows for wet-glue and in-mold labels (IML) on Speedmaster machines. The IML production showcase featured not one, but two world premieres. With the FoilStar Cure, it is now possible for the first time to realize the reliable application of cold foil on IML foils across the entire run on a Speedmaster XL 106. The new IML Performance Package significantly increases productivity. Visitors to the Label Day, however, also got to experience the production of wet-glue labels live in two workflows, one on a Speedmaster XL 75 eight-color double-coating Anicolor press with Multicolor, and one on a Speedmaster XL 106 eight-color double-coating perfecting press with FoilStar for applying cold foil. In both cases, finishing took place on an Easymatrix 106 FC for hot foil embossing. The quality inspection was performed by a Diana Eye 55.
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Consumers Will Share Data Despite Privacy Fears: Study (mediapost.com)

Consumers are willing to share information with brands they trust despite continuing doubts about online privacy, according to a study by FigLeaf. But there are limits, depending on such factors as gender and age. Of the consumers polled, 68% do not believe that online privacy is possible. In addition, 52% are skeptical about commitments made by firms such as Facebook and Google to add stronger protections. Twenty-eight percent of women and 29% of men think they know every company and website that is holding data on them. However, 48% of women are reluctant to share their location data or have it tracked, versus 37% of men. In addition, 68% of women are likely to share less online due to privacy worries, compared to 54% of males.
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