Georgia-Pacific has a long history of practicing sustainability. Our activities are categorized using the three dimensions of sustainability – social, environmental and economic performance. Here are examples of our key activities and accomplishments over time. Some activities represent more than one dimension of sustainability.
1930s Fort Howard Paper Company (now owned by Georgia-Pacific) starts using recovered paper to make tissue products at its Green Bay, Wis., mill.
The Georgia-Pacific Foundation is created to serve as the company's community investment arm.
GP begins operating the nation’s first Southern pine plywood plant at Fordyce, Ark. In developing commercially viable plywood from Southern pine trees, the company makes use of an underutilized resource.
Georgia-Pacific's sales exceed $1 billion for the first time.
The company donates California redwood groves, valued at more than $6 million, to the public.
Harmon Associates (now a part of Georgia-Pacific) is founded as a regional trader of recovered paper for use in containerboard and gypsum paperboard.
GP begins making oriented strand board (OSB), a new type of structural panel. OSB helps make more efficient use of the forest resource by using smaller trees or trees and wood fiber that cannot be made into other wood products.
Georgia-Pacific Chemicals enters the crude tall oil fractionation business, adding value to by-products from GP paper mills.
Georgia-Pacific’s sales exceed $10 billion for the first time.
Georgia-Pacific begins manufacturing synthetic gypsum wallboard using the output of the Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) process. This process removes sulfur dioxide from the emissions of fossil-fuel-burning power plants. Using this by-product helps conserve landfill space.
Georgia-Pacific enters into a first-of-its-kind agreement with the U.S. Department of the Interior to protect the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker on company lands.
Georgia-Pacific is a founding/charter member of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI), a program that promotes sustainable forestry practices.
GP’s gypsum plant in Las Vegas, Nev., begins using co-generation to help meet its energy needs. As a result, the plant uses 70 percent less natural gas than traditional gypsum plants to produce wallboard.
Compact® bath tissue and dispensers are introduced for the away-from-home market. The coreless tissue and dispenser eliminate roll cores and significantly reduce packaging waste.
GP enters into a unique land agreement with The Nature Conservancy to protect more than 21,000 acres along the Lower Roanoke River in North Carolina.
The Envision® line of commercial tissue products is introduced. This tissue and towel line meets or exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended guidelines for total and post-consumer recycled fiber content.
GP’s away-from-home tissue business introduces EVA2, the first computer program to measure both the environmental and economic value added by these products and to inform the buyer at the point of sale.
Georgia-Pacific Chemicals launches Amres® high-efficiency, high-solids, shelf-stable wet strength resins HP product line technologies. These unique chemistries allow paper chemical customers to reduce resin usage and freight and to extend product storage life.
Georgia-Pacific’s wood and fiber procurement group becomes the first procurement organization to have its practices third-party certified under the SFI standard.
The Packaging Systems Optimization (PSO®) program is formally established. Using a rigorous packaging system assessment, the program is designed to help customers reduce material use and costs and meet their sustainability goals.
Harmon Associates expands its recovered fiber trading business into Europe. The company trades 2.7 million tons of recovered paper this year.
Georgia-Pacific requires all its wood and fiber suppliers to use loggers trained in sustainable forestry practices.
Georgia-Pacific's sales exceed $20 billion for the first time.
The company marks its 10-year partnership with the St. Croix International Waterway Commission with the release of 750 adult Atlantic salmon into Maine's St. Croix River.
Georgia-Pacific develops a quantification model (GPCARB™) to help estimate the amount of carbon sequestered in forest products in use. The model is accepted by the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations.
GP develops a protocol for compiling greenhouse gas inventories for the company’s manufacturing facilities and subsequently completes its first inventory of greenhouse gas emissions from company facilities for the year 2000; the inventory will be conducted every other year.
Harmon Associates begins to trade recovered fiber in Mexico and Latin America.
Newly launched EasyNap® napkin dispensers reduce usage and waste by 30 percent compared with other standard products.
GP’s packaging group opens the Innovation Institute, a package design and innovation lab that helps customers identify and reduce supply chain costs, optimize package designs, and measure sustainability factors.
Georgia-Pacific’s wood and fiber procurement group introduces Low Impact Thinning and Logging (LITE) for its timber suppliers. This enables them to log in the winter while minimizing the environmental effects of harvesting in wet weather.
The company introduces Nitamin® fertilizers. The Steady Delivery nitrogen release helps achieve higher crop yields and grows strong turf while applying less nitrogen than commonly used quick-release fertilizers. This reduces nitrogen loss that can impact streams and rivers.
The Russellville, S.C., chemical facility becomes the first GP facility to be accepted into the U.S. EPA’s National Environmental Performance Track program. Performance Track is a voluntary program that recognizes and rewards businesses and public facilities that demonstrate a strong commitment to environmental performance.
The company joins the Green Power Market Development Group, a collaboration of leading corporations and the World Resources Institute dedicated to building corporate markets for green power.
Georgia-Pacific‘s wood and fiber procurement group enters a partnership with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to field test FSC standards and programs on private family forest lands in the South.
Three GP chemical facilities - Albany, Ore.; Columbus, Ohio; and Vienna, Ga. - are accepted into the U.S. EPA’s National Environmental Performance Track program.
GP develops a system that enables it to maximize truckload weights for its shipments of gypsum and wood products. The trucks still meet weight limits but can carry 5 to 10 percent more product per truckload, reducing vehicle miles traveled and the resulting environmental impact.
Georgia-Pacific‘s Conway, N.C., chemical facility is accepted into the U.S. EPA's National Environmental Performance Track program, the fifth GP chemical facility in the program.
The company introduces Thermostat® radiant barrier sheathings, plywood and oriented strand board panels with a layer of highly reflective aluminum foil that reflects up to 97 percent of radiant heat.
GP and the National Wild Turkey Federation are awarded a grant to work on a longleaf pine restoration project on a total of 7,000 acres of land in the Southeast over three years.
Harmon Associates expands into recycling plastic and metal for its customers. In addition, the company expands its presence to serve the growing recycling market in India.
Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products joins the SmartWay Transport Partnership, an innovative collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the freight industry designed to increase energy efficiency while significantly reducing air pollution.
GP’s consumer products group is recognized by the U.S. EPA as a Champion in its Design for the Environment Program’s Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI). The program recognizes environmental leaders who voluntarily commit to the use of safer surfactants that break down quickly to non-polluting compounds and help protect aquatic life in both fresh and salt water. Champion is the highest level of recognition offered under SDSI.
GP’s Angel Soft® brand bath tissue becomes the company’s first “billion-dollar brand,” with retail sales of more than $1 billion in one 52-week period.
Georgia-Pacific's consumer products retail business is named Supplier of the Year by Walmart, its top customer, in recognition of GP's level of service and business growth with the retailer. Walmart recognized the group's performance in its Consumables Division as well as in Department 4, which includes products representing thousands of brand name and private label suppliers.
Georgia-Pacific receives the Sustainable Forestry Initiative's® (SFI®) 2009 President's Award for its efforts to increase understanding of SFI's fiber sourcing program and how it supports family forest owners across the United States.
The U.S. EPA names Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products a SmartWay® Excellence Award winner, recognizing the company for its leadership in promoting sustainable transportation practices through the SmartWay Transport Partnership.
Georgia-Pacific Chemicals launches a new line of low-emission adhesives called LEAF™ adhesives. These products are designed to help in complying with a variety of green building standards. The first products in this line are designed for particleboard and medium density fiberboard used in furniture paneling, cabinetry and other products with composite wood parts.
Georgia-Pacific expands its forest protection and sustainability efforts by adopting an updated forest policy statement. GP's "Statement on Forest Protection and Sustainable Practices" affirms and expands the company's commitment to sustainable forestry and other practices, including recycling. It also establishes a scientific methodology to identify and protect endangered forests and special areas in the United States and promotes conservation of forest diversity.