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Thu Mar 5, 2015, 12:22 PM

Exclusive: Post-it note maker 3M unveils new sourcing policy

Source: Reuters

Exclusive: Post-it note maker 3M unveils new sourcing policy

By Lewis Krauskopf
NEW YORK Thu Mar 5, 2015 7:02am EST

(Reuters) - St. Paul-based 3M Co, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and the maker of Post-it notes, will take new steps to ensure that its suppliers of paper, pulp and packaging provide materials that come from sustainably logged timber.

The new paper-sourcing policy, aimed at preventing the destruction of forests, comes after pressure on 3M from environmental activists, who accused the company of outdated practices that jeopardized fragile forests.

The company, which also manufacturers Scotch brand tape products, will now require some 5,000 direct suppliers, located in more than 70 countries, to provide data, including the source of their harvested wood fiber. The company says it may sever ties with suppliers that fail to meet its standards.

While other companies have also set conservation standards for their suppliers, 3M's action is expected to have broad ripple effects, because of the size of its supply network, said Todd Paglia, executive director at ForestEthics, a forest and climate advocacy organization.

ForestEthics, which led a campaign against 3M, is now applauding the company's new standards. "No other manufacturer has adopted such a rigorous policy with such reach around the world," Paglia said.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/05/us-3m-paper-idUSKBN0M118V20150305



As was noted in the story, this move "is expected to have broad ripple effect.." A move that will help "fragile forest" around the world..3M uses a lot of paper and goods derived from paper and trees. It may not seem like important news, but I believe it is..

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Reply Exclusive: Post-it note maker 3M unveils new sourcing policy (Original post)
Stuart G Mar 2015 OP
cyberswede Mar 2015 #1
Stuart G Mar 2015 #3
underpants Mar 2015 #2
SnowCritter Mar 2015 #5
Android3.14 Mar 2015 #4
dreamnightwind Mar 2015 #6
HubertHeaver Mar 2015 #7
lark Mar 2015 #8
Dont call me Shirley Mar 2015 #9
jtuck004 Mar 2015 #10
Dont call me Shirley Mar 2015 #12
NJCher Mar 2015 #11
MisterP Mar 2015 #13
BumRushDaShow Mar 2015 #14
Telcontar Mar 2015 #15
treestar Mar 2015 #16
brooklynite Mar 2015 #17
DeSwiss Mar 2015 #18

Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Mar 5, 2015, 12:24 PM

1. Good for them

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Response to cyberswede (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 5, 2015, 12:27 PM

3. I hope others follow their lead.

Sometimes companies act ethically. ..note I said.."sometimes.."

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Mar 5, 2015, 12:27 PM

2. Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing

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Response to underpants (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 5, 2015, 01:00 PM

5. Once again, Minnesota shows us how.

Proud to live here. It isn't perfect, but it sure as hell isn't Wisconsin!

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Mar 5, 2015, 12:42 PM

4. That's great

 

eom

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Mar 5, 2015, 01:17 PM

6. good news

The admins should make this OP a stickie.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Mar 5, 2015, 02:04 PM

7. Sounds like they are complying with ISO 9000 standards.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Mar 5, 2015, 02:05 PM

8. Thanks for posting.

I needed some good news today.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Mar 5, 2015, 02:36 PM

9. Hemp would be a better alternative, although this is a good start.

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Response to Dont call me Shirley (Reply #9)

Thu Mar 5, 2015, 02:53 PM

10. I was just thinking a few thousand acres would work perfectly for what they want. n/t

 

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Response to jtuck004 (Reply #10)

Thu Mar 5, 2015, 03:05 PM

12. And smart thinking that is.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Mar 5, 2015, 03:04 PM

11. 55,000 products

That's what 3M makes.

I did a series of communication seminars for them in the 90s, so that's how I know. Actually, at that time they made something like 66,000 products, so they've tailored their list since that time.

On the last day of my seminar, they threw me a party with cake and coffee and gave me presents. I also was given three large bags and was told I could go shopping at the "company store." The company store is a very large room stocked with products that would be of interest to their employees, and they are all allowed to shop there. Anyway, they allowed me to stuff those three bags full of products and I'm still operating off post-it notes from that time.



Cher

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Mar 5, 2015, 03:38 PM

13. sticky note!

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Mar 5, 2015, 04:01 PM

14. Great news!



Can't live without this product!!!!!! (*looks at computer screen full of them* )

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Mar 5, 2015, 05:50 PM

15. Can you make paper from bamboo?

 

I know hemp is one option. Bamboo grows so fast I wonder if it could be used for paper products.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Mar 5, 2015, 05:51 PM

16. These corporatists did this voluntarily?

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Mar 5, 2015, 06:02 PM

17. I dunno...those pink and yellow trees are hard to grow...

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