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) [email protected](link sends e-mail)[email protected](link sends e-mail)last_img read more

Vietnam reports 3 avian flu cases, says virus is changing

first_imgApr 14, 2005 (CIDRAP News) –Vietnamese officials today announced that three more human cases of H5N1 influenza have occurred since April 2 and said the virus appears to be changing into a less virulent, faster-spreading form.One of the patients, a 21-year-old woman from the northern province of Quang Ninh, is co-infected with HIV and H5N1, Reuters news service reported today. She was hospitalized in late March with fever and coughing, Nguyen Van Thich, head of the Center for Preventive Medicine in Quang Ninh, told Reuters. He described the woman as having no fever and being in stable condition.The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was seeking more information on her case from Vietnam.”There are possible public-health implications, including the potential in any person with immunodeficiency to display greater virus excretion and more chronic infection,” said Peter Cordingley, spokesman for the WHO’s Western Pacific Regional Office in Manila, as reported by Agence France-Presse (AFP). “We need to study such patients carefully and encourage Vietnamese clinicians to do so and share their findings.”The WHO said the Vietnamese government had notified it of eight confirmed H5N1 cases, although it is not clear whether the woman from Quang Ninh was among them. Two cases mentioned in a WHO news release today involve people from the northern provinces of Hung Yen and Ha Tay who are still alive, the WHO announced, without giving any other details about the patients.”The other six cases are thought to have been detected prior to 2 April,” the WHO news release said. “WHO is seeking further details from the authorities on (these) six cases.”The numbers bring Vietnam’s unofficial tally to 41 cases from 18 cities and provinces since the current outbreak began in mid-December. Of those cases, 16 people have died and 6 remain under medical care, the WHO said.Dr. Nguyen Tran Hien, director of Vietnam’s National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, was quoted in state media today as saying that tests on the H5N1 virus show it is changing. Recent tests indicate its virulence has decreased but it is spreading more quickly, according to his remarks as reported by Reuters.Some samples of the virus have been sent for more testing in the United States, Hien added. Final results are expected later this month.Despite the continued human cases of H5N1 flu, the Vietnamese agriculture ministry reported that poultry outbreaks have greatly declined. The only reported outbreaks are in the southern province of Tra Vinh, in the Mekong Delta, the Reuters story noted.See also: WHO news releasehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_04_14/en/last_img read more