Your customers care about
sustainability. We do too.

That is why our products are made from trees, a 100 percent renewable resource, and all paperboard products are available with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) or Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certification. And they're recyclable.

When you use Clearwater Paper paperboard products, you can assure your customers and consumers that you are using a product that is renewable and recyclable, and is sourced from environmentally sound forests and locations.

The environmental advantages of wood fiber.

All our products are made from wood fiber. Since we don't grow trees or own timberland, we source our fiber from various suppliers. As part of our support of sustainable forestry practices, we use chain-of-custody-certified and controlled wood fiber—meaning we always know where our fiber comes from and how it was produced.

Timber—the source of wood fiber—is a resource that is continuously renewed and helps reduce greenhouse gases. In fact:

  • One acre of trees can produce up to two tons of wood annually.
  • For every tree harvested, three are planted (Source: PPC).
  • Trees are a natural means of carbon sequestration, which the U.S. Department of Energy calls "one of the most promising ways for reducing greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere."
  • U.S. forests sequester 17 percent of human-made greenhouse gas emissions generated in the United States (Source: U.S. Department of Environmental Protection).

Certified, sustainably managed sourcing.

All of our products are available with FSC or SFI certification. We were the first North American bleached paperboard producer to offer FSC certification in a full caliper range.

All Clearwater Paper products are recyclable.

Because of paperboard's high recycle rate, all of our products can be labeled as recyclable. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission restricts claims of recyclability if recycling of a given material is not available in most communities or to most people. Seventy-three percent of U.S. communities have access to paper recycling programs. In fact, more than 60 percent of paper and paperboard is recycled in the United States (Source: U.S. government). Paper and paperboard packaging account for nearly three-quarters of all packaging material recovered by recycling (Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).

Paperboard Packaging Recyclable

Contrast actual paperboard recycling rates with those of plastics—a nonrenewable, petroleum-based product. With an actual U.S. recycling rate of only 7 percent for plastics—including clamshell and flexible packaging—it is easy to see the environmental benefits of paperboard.

Choosing the right paperboard for your needs.

Previously, consumers have viewed recycled content as the sustainable choice for paperboard selection. However, despite improved technologies for refining postconsumer pulp, only 35 percent of current consumption can be met by using recycled fiber, making virgin fiber an ongoing, significant requirement in paper production (Source: Forest Stewardship Council).

For branding and high-end graphic printing and packaging, Ancora and Candesce are unparalleled. For direct food contact, nothing matches the cleanliness, purity, and odor neutrality of Clearwater Paper paperboard. Our ultrasmooth print surface and strong fiber provide unmatched printing, cutting, and gluing reliability and efficiency. And virgin fiber provides superior strength and protection, facilitating solutions that minimize package weight and density.

For marketers, designers, and retailers concerned with delivering solutions that reflect a commitment to our environment, Ancora and Candesce from Clearwater Paper are ideal choices.

To learn more about how our Ancora and Candesce lines can help you provide your customers with high-performing, beautiful, sustainable products, contact us at or 1.866.768.5282.