following questions (#72-88 in the Study) are intended
to be addressed by this section of the Listening Study.
If new questions or discussions arise that relate to
how, or whether, to combine different environmental
aspects in papers, they are welcome here.
Is there an optimal content standard featuring one or
more of the available contents (virgin trees, recycled
fiber, agricultural crops and residues, sustainably
Should papers be developed with only one environmental
attribute or should they be combined?
74. Is there an appropriate hierarchy of preferred environmental
Can chlorine free be combined with several different
types of fiber contents in the same papers?
Should some environmental attributes "wait" until papers
with other environmental attributes are more established
in the markets?
Is there a problem with recycling papers with many different
types of fiber contents?
78. What would an "environmentally sustainable paper
industry" be composed of?
How should purchasers evaluate one environmental paper
vs. another when they have different characteristics?
How can purchasers verify the environmental criteria
in the papers they buy?
What certification and labeling programs exist and how
extensive are they?
82. Can environmental criteria be reliably tested for,
and should it be?
83. What roles do different levels of certification
(first-, second- and third-party) play in meaningful
and reliable labeling?
Are there other areas of manufacturing operations that
could and should get credit for environmentally positive
production (e.g. effluent-free, closed loop, energy
85. Is it possible and is it desirable to have a closed-loop
86. What other criteria are important in minimizing
or eliminating harmful environmental impacts from the
Is it possible to create a completely environmentally
positive paper production system?
What is the impact of heavy investment in trees by paper
in the Study, we will prepare a report of the responses
we receive on these questions.