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Paper connects us. It brings moments, ideas and dreams to life, capturing them in a vibrant and tactile way. Our paper gives shape, provides security, stakes a claim and always has a story to tell. As master makers and purveyors of fine uncoated communication and specialty papers, collaboration and discovery in all things paper is the soul of what we do. Domtar Paper is proud to play an important role in all the ways paper is part of creating everyday connections.

Paper Matters Podcast Domtar Paper

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Paper connects us. It brings moments, ideas and dreams to life, capturing them in a vibrant and tactile way. Our paper gives shape, provides security, stakes a claim and always has a story to tell. As master makers and purveyors of fine uncoated communication and specialty papers, collaboration and discovery in all things paper is the soul of what we do. Domtar Paper is proud to play an important role in all the ways paper is part of creating everyday connections.

    How a Commercial Printer Sets Themselves Apart with Sustainable Print Practices

    How a Commercial Printer Sets Themselves Apart with Sustainable Print Practices

    Sustainable print practices is not a term you hear very often or the fact that a commercial printer has created a Carbon Neutral Printing Program. Hemlock printers is not your everyday print provider. They have a mission rooted in innovation and providing sustainable print options while providing the lowest environmental footprint. Sustainability is integrated into all parts of their business and they even have a dedicated Sustainability Specialist on staff. Join us as we talk to Richard Kouwenhoven, President & COO and Amanda Chor, Sustainability Specialist at Hemlock. 
    You Don’t Want to Miss:
    Sustainability as a competitive differentiator and business builder. How Hemlock created a Carbon Neutral Printing ProgramHow sustainable print operations work hand in hand with social purpose and the health of our planet. The importance of partnerships in building a sustainability strategy. Quotes from this Episode: 
    “We see kind of a new category of client emerging which are, which you wouldn't have a suspect would be buying a lot of print because there's so technology and online focus, but they're using print, to communicate their brand value through curated messages. They’ve chosen print because they want to tailor a message that is going to be a high impact. Those kinds of pieces definitely instill a lot of pride among the staff, because we're attracting big names in the in the business world. And they're, they're choosing us to do the work. Our reputation as a sustainability leader is kind of helping us win that business.” 
    – Richard Kouwenhoven, President & COO
    “A tip that I would probably share is taking a look and researching external frameworks to assist any business in creating more of a sustainability focus. An example that I would like to go over would probably be the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These have really helped guide our sustainability strategy moving forward. And I think it would also help other businesses.”
    – Amanda Chor, Sustainability Specialist
    Resources:
    Visit HemlockLearn about the United National Sustainable Development GoalsLearn more at Sustainability at DomtarVisit paper.domtar.com for our blog, request print promotions and much more.Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter

    • 55 min
    Real-World Lessons about Sustainability from the Rainforest Alliance

    Real-World Lessons about Sustainability from the Rainforest Alliance

    The very nature of sustainability is complex and continuously evolving. That’s why it’s so important to have an advocate like the Rainforest Alliance, an international non-profit organization at the intersection of business, agriculture, and forests, to make responsible business the new normal. In this episode, we speak to Samantha Morrissey, Sector Lead, Forest Products for the Rainforest Alliance. Listen as she provides actionable advice on what individuals and businesses can do to make more environmentally responsible decisions.  
    We explore sustainable practices and how sustainability is more than just environmental issues.  
    You Don’t Want to Miss:
    How the pandemic has affected sustainability The Rainforest Alliance’s holistic approach to sustainability and making responsible business the new normal. The human and the environmental aspects of deforestation and climate change. How small everyday purchasing decisions can lead to bigger change. How consumer demand drives sustainability in business and supply chains. Misconceptions about sustainabilityGenerational differences and attitudes towards sustainability. Quotes from this Episode: 
    “We recognize that sustainability is a progression of learning and continuous improvement and that through these alliances that we form, we must investigate and understand and work together to address the root causes of the unsustainable practices. This will lead us to a world where we all thrive together. 
    -Samantha Morrissey, Sector Lead, Forest Products, Rainforest Alliance
    “I think the pandemic has really exposed the vulnerable vulnerabilities of our just in time globalized supply chains, which have historically prioritized timing cost over sustainability and resilience.”
    -Samantha Morrissey, Sector Lead, Forest Products, Rainforest Alliance
     Resources:
    Visit Rainforest Alliance Learn more about PreventingFuturePandemics.orgLearn more at Sustainability at DomtarVisit paper.domtar.com for our blog, request print promotions and much more.Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter

    • 40 min
    Bogus or Benefit: Buzzwords in Sustainability

    Bogus or Benefit: Buzzwords in Sustainability

    We’ve heard words like eco-friendly, sustainability, greenwashing, carbon neutral and many more. What do these words really mean? Consumers are becoming much more focused around what products they buy, how it’s sustainably made and the reputation of the company that makes it. In this episode, We speak to Paige Goff, VP of Sustainability at Domtar, and explore sustainability buzzwords’ true meaning. Learn how not to fall prey to greenwashing messages and dig deeper into how to make sustainable choices. 
    You Don’t Want to Miss:
    How and why do companies exaggerate their sustainability practices? Bogus sustainability buzzwords versus beneficial buzzwordsThe real reason why a paper company is focused on sustainability. The value of third party certification and why it’s important. Beyond sustainabilityQuotes from this Episode:
    “A lot of companies say, ‘go green and don't use paper because it's good for the environment,’ when in fact, what they're really saying is it's going to be cheaper for us. We all need to cut costs and make sure that we're viable for the next day forward. The main thing is that you just need to be honest about it and that the reason why you want to use less paper may not necessarily be because it's good for the environment. It's more because you're trying to save money.”
    -Paige Goff, VP of Sustainability, Domtar Paper
    “A lot of people use logos that they've created on their own, which doesn't mean anything and makes you feel like it might be third-party verified. This is misleading. 100% sustainable sounds good but there's no regulation around some of these words. If you don't have a definition or description, why are you 100% sustainable?
    -Paige Goff, VP of Sustainability, Domtar Paper
    Resources:
    Visit Sourcewatch.orgVisit Two SidesLearn more at Sustainability at DomtarVisit paper.domtar.com for our blog, request print promotions and much moreFollow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter 
     

    • 32 min
    A Move to Production Inkjet Fits the Bill for Transactional Printer, KUBRA

    A Move to Production Inkjet Fits the Bill for Transactional Printer, KUBRA

    A Move to Production Inkjet Fits the Bill for Transactional Printer, KUBRA
    As industries make a shift to digital, let’s not forget the importance of print communications.  Many consumers prefer paper bills because they’re easier to track, organize and pay. And some customers–particularly those in rural locations–have no access to reliable internet. With 360 million mail pieces going out annually, KUBRA, a billing and payments company, focuses on the importance of the customer experience in digital and print communications.  Join us as we talk with Rob Iantorno, VP of Operations at KUBRA and learn how switching to production inkjet gave them and their customers an advantage. 
    You Don’t Want to Miss:
    The benefits of switching to production inkjet. Maximizing customer engagement with paper, design and color. The impact of color and its influence on billing and payments.Choosing and testing the right paper for production inkjet. Quotes from this Episode: 
    “Production Inkjet gives us the ability to quickly make changes to a client’s bill and that’s a huge advantage.”
    “We want papers that the inks are going to look vibrant, turn out properly and run through our equipment well.”
    Resources:
    Visit KUBRA to learn more about how they provide customer experience management solutions to some of the largest utility, insurance and government entities across North America.  Request your complimentary subscription to Paper Matters magazine to read more about KUBRA and how they transitioned to production inkjet. Visit paper.domtar.com for our blog, request print promotions and much more.Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter 
     

    • 18 min
    Field Notes Cultivates Success (and a Cult Following) with Creative Branding

    Field Notes Cultivates Success (and a Cult Following) with Creative Branding

    Field Notes started out as a one-off gift item, and ended up turning into a brisk business with a huge following. Fans obsess over every detail of the company’s memo books and line up around the headquarters whenever a new edition is released. Part of the company’s success stems from its love of experimenting with different materials and production methods–and its close collaborations with graphic designers and printers. Join us as Bryan Bedell, Design Director at Field Notes walks us through how they create unique products, creative collaborations and their Made-in the USA mission. 
    You Don’t Want to Miss:
    The role of storytelling in creative brandingHow to shoot video like the Beastie BoysThe Field Notes approach to creative finishing techniques The critical role of partnering with your printerTheir obsession with paperWhy Made in the USA is important to the brandStaying true to the brand while still innovatingQuotes from this Episode: 
    “You know when a printer tells you that this paper prints better, you got to trust them because they know what they're talking about way more than you know what works best for them.”
    If it's important enough to write down, it gives it some weight, you know, so anything that's worth writing down in a book means something, whether it's now or in the future.
    Resources: 
    Field Notes For a deeper dive into the Field Notes story, download the Paper Matters Sneak Peek. Watch our video interview with Field Notes.Request your complimentary subscription to Paper Matters magazineVisit paper.domtar.com for our blog, request print promotions and much moreFollow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter 

    • 40 min
    GDUSA Showcases Inspiration and Responsible Design with Print on Uncoated Paper

    GDUSA Showcases Inspiration and Responsible Design with Print on Uncoated Paper

    For more than 50 years, Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) has been a business-to-business information source for graphic design professionals. The GDUSA band includes a website, monthly e-newsletter, print magazine and digital editions and several national design competitions. In this episode, we speak to Gordon Kaye, Editor and Publisher of Graphic Design USA. We discuss the history and innovation of the GDUSA brand, the expansion of what it means to be a ‘responsible designer’ and the power of uncoated paper. 
    You Don’t Want to Miss:
    How the GDUSA brand has expanded and stood the test of timeHow the role of the Graphic Designer has evolved Latest issue features Dr. Fauci and the Health & Wellness awardsHow responsible design now includes social responsibility in addition to sustainabilityResponsible designers to watchQuotes from this Episode: 
    “Readers want a bigger picture now of where they are and where they fit in. And, you know, what I mean by that is that they want to know, not just how, what a project looks like, and how it was executed. But they also want to know about the strategy, the marketing, where it fits have where it fits into the bigger picture of the, of the initiative itself. They're more engaged in the world, they want to know, where they and their work fits in the broader social picture. In terms of being engaged in the world, I think the ideas of designing for good, for social responsibility, sustainability, and it during this pandemic, public health is their role in providing information about public health is growing.”
    “There is something about Cougar paper and the combination of the way, the texture, the brightness, the finish, that that screams, quality, and integrity. And when you add the practical matters, how well it prints and how, how sustainably, it's made it, it really is a no brainer.”
    Resources:
    Visit GDUSAVisit 2020 Responsible Designers to WatchRequest your complimentary subscription to Paper Matters magazineVisit paper.domtar.com for our blog, request print promotions and much moreFollow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter 
     

    • 40 min

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