FiberMark Converts Manufacturing Operations at Vermont Headquarters to Run on 100% Used Vegetable Oil

first_imgFiberMark Converts Manufacturing Operations at Vermont Headquarters to Run on 100% Used Vegetable Oil FiberMark, a leading producer of specialty papers and fiber-based materials for a variety of applications, today announced that it has converted the manufacturing operations at its Vermont headquarters to be able to run up to 100% used vegetable oil. With this conversion, FiberMark has become the first manufacturer in the state of Vermont and in the paper industry to generate part of its process energy from waste biofuel. The green steam produced by the vegetable oil not only powers FiberMark’s Brattleboro paper machine turbine and dries its papers, but also provides heat for the plant.Before the conversion, FiberMark consumed approximately two million gallons of number six fuel oil per year. Switching to used vegetable oil now allows the company to reduce its use of number six fuel oil and to significantly eliminate toxic sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, the leading causes of acid rain and common side effects of burning of fuel oil. The vegetable oil burns far cleaner than conventional fuel.Among the ancillary benefits of the conversion to vegetable oil has been the working environment for FiberMark plant employees. Since vegetable oil burns far cleaner than crude oil, atmospheric soot from the facility has been significantly reduced. Indicative of this change is the plants air opacity, which before varied from 5% to 7% and is now between 0.5% and 1.5%.The conversion to vegetable oil-fueled manufacturing is one of a number of environmental initiatives spearheaded by FiberMark. Others include:- FiberMark is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)- certified. This certification (certificate code SW-COC-003054) verifies the flow of FSC-certified forest products through FiberMarks supply chain and into its final products, assuring FiberMark customers that the papers they are choosing are made from trees harvested according to strict environmental standards and forest management practices.- All of the electricity consumed at FiberMarks Brattleboro headquarters is generated from fossil fuel-free sources (hydro- and nuclear power).- All FiberMark manufacturing uses aqueous (water-based) coatings.- FiberMark’s products are all elemental and process chlorine free, including the new Eviva paper line, which is made from 100-percent recycled fiber, including 30-percent post-consumer waste.- 100% of FiberMark’s Brattleboro waste water sludge is reused as landfill cover.”FiberMark is committed to executing environmentally sustainable practices wherever possible,” said Steve Pfistner, vice president of safety and environmental management at FiberMark. “Our manufacturing processes, our products, and our company culture are all designed to promote environmental responsibility. As the first in the paper industry to power manufacturing operations with vegetable oil to reduce our carbon footprint and conserve our natural resources, we will continue to pursue every opportunity to positively serve the environment.”About FiberMarkFiberMark offers distinctive covering materials that express brands, inspire designs, and make lasting impressions. With an extensive range of visual and tactile options, FiberMark materials provide an endless array of design possibilities for applications in the office products, publishing, luxury packaging, technical/industrial and graphic design markets. The company’s specialty fiber-based materials are enhanced with a variety of colors, finishes, and embossing techniques that create visual depth and invite touch. FiberMark’s design specialists work with creative teams to develop a look that captures a brand’s unique personality, differentiate it from competitors, and create impact. FiberMark crafts its materials in the U.S. and Europe, creating innovative solutions for world-leading brands.For additional information, contact:Laura Nelson or Kaycee RobertsSVM Public Relations(401) 490-9700laura.nelson@svmpr.com(link sends e-mail)kaycee.roberts@svmpr.com(link sends e-mail)last_img read more