Among the seemingly countless environmental pet projects that Woody Harrelson has championed throughout the years, he’s thrown his considerable green weight behind his own (now defunct) sustainable website Voice Yourself, he’s bankrolled (along with Alanis Morissette) the 50% recycled denim line called Reco Jeans, supported Shaun Monson’s 2005 film Earthlings, backed the Healthy School Meals Act of 2010 and famously protested mountaintop removal.
The self-described “armchair activist” has now moved onto greening the paper biz by investing in Prairie Pulp and Paper’s new chlorine and tree-free flax straw and wheat based paper made exclusively from southern Manitoba agricultural crop waste.
Following a successful prototype run of 3,000 standard 9 ½ X 11 pages, the company is now able – thanks to a shot of revenue in the form of $400,000 from governmental and private investors like Harrelson) – to take it to the next level with the production of roughly 200,000 additional sheets which they intend to market to big paper sellers such as Office Depot and Staples.
If things go according to plan, the organization will construct a $600 million large scale commercial tree-free paper mill in Manitoba (most likely south of Canada’s Assiniboine River), which will reduce carbon emissions normally produced in that area due to wheat straw burning and create jobs as well as an estimated 200,000 tons of repurposed crop waste ‘paper’ every year.
The Environmental Paper Network has long contended that among America’s top industries, the production of paper — which might seem somewhat innocuous compared to other types of businesses — “is the 4th largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions” consuming 42% of the wood that is harvested, wood that would be better served in its living state by serving as a carbon sink to filter pollution.
Who’s psyched about tree-free paper? The ‘Razz is the first in line!!!