Flambeau River Papers embraces sustainable practices in all areas of its operation. From our business philosophy of supporting the Park Falls economy to operating a chlorine-free paper mill, our commitment to minimizing our environmental impact while maximizing our footprint on the community lies at the core of our values.
Flambeau River Papers believes all companies are part of a larger economic ecosystem, and in Northern Wisconsin, that is especially true of the logging and paper industry. Annually, Flambeau River Papers purchases 140,000 cords of wood harvested in accordance with sustainable forestry practices. We maintain third-party certifications in the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC)® and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) to achieve that goal. Our commitment to reducing fossil fuel use in the pulping, de-inking and paper operations has yielded a 10% decrease in operating costs annually since 2009. See sidebar for more about our energy reduction.
To the 300 townspeople who rely on the mill for employment, Flambeau River Papers’ commitment to sustainability extends to maintaining a work environment that draws people to the community.
Continued growth of Flambeau River Papers strengthens the Park Falls community by adding jobs and supporting the local economy. The mill supports an additional 300 small logging businesses in the region and strengthens prices in Wisconsin's logging industry.
Read more about Flambeau River Papers’ sustainable practices Environmental Policy page.
Commitment to Energy Reduction
Flambeau River Papers remains committed to improving the environment while remaining competitive in the marketplace. Our annual energy costs make up a significant percent of our total operating costs—about 15%. With energy costs trending up every year, we have made it a priority to reduce overall energy consumption and explore affordable, sustainable substitutes.
We have turned to alternative energy sources like biomass generated in our processes to reduce our carbon footprint and cut our dependency on fossil fuels. Since 2009, substitution and conservation have enabled FRP to maintain a steady annual energy cost while increasing production 11%.