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Prairie Pulp & Paper Inc Creates a New Paper Paradigm

  • Jul, 02 2013
  • Industry Sector:Manufacturing


Prairie Pulp & Paper Inc. has been the industry leader in research, development and commercialization of tree-free pulp and paper for the past 15 years. Based in Winnipeg, the company is led by president Jeff Golfman and chairman Clayton Manness, who co-founded the company with Oscar nominated actor Woody Harrelson.

Between three and six billion trees are cut down each year. Approximately 50% of those trees are used to make paper. This creates tremendous pressure on the world’s ancient and endangered forests and threatens the species that rely upon those forests for survival.

With this in mind, Prairie Pulp & Paper set out to create a new paradigm in the paper industry: tree-free paper.


Step Forward Paper™ is a revolutionary copy paper made up of 80% wheat-straw waste and 20% Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified wood fibre.

It is the first paper of its kind to hit shelves in North America, and a big step towards meeting more of our paper needs from leftover straw instead of ancient forests. The paper is made from leftover wheat-straw, providing farmers with an extra source of income while not impacting the food supply chain.

Step Forward Paper’s performance is comparable to regular copy and printer papers and research shows that wheat-straw based paper and 100% recycled tree-fibre paper types have the lowest environmental impact.

Buying just two boxes of Step Forward Paper instead of copy paper made from virgin forest fibre saves one tree.

Prairie Pulp & Paper’s future plans include the construction of a state-of-the-art factory in the Canadian prairies where there are millions of acres of leftover straw readily available.

The paper is currently being sold exclusively online through and in over 300 Staples stores across Canada.


As of June 2013, Prairie Pulp & Paper’s Step Forward Paper has saved 2,629 trees and 236,500lbs of CO2.

Prairie Pulp & Paper is leading the way in changing how we think about paper production and proving there is a demand for a new paper paradigm.



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