International Paper in North America


Our programs and initiatives around sustainability are separated into two groups; those who contribute to the improvement to our environment and those employees whose lives we can impact every day.

Certified Fiber
International Paper has a preference for certified wood. Our global certification policy addresses fiber procurement and forest and fiber certification practices around the world through recognition of credible certification programs. Our Foodservice Business is Chain of Custody certified to the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

End of Life Solutions
We are a founding member of the Foodservice Packaging Institute’s Paper Recovery Alliance.  This group is working to create solutions for the recovery and processing of used Foodservice Packaging.

Improving our Footprint
Our facilities are continually looking for ways to decrease energy and water usage and increase the amount of waste being diverted from the landfill.  In 2013, our Visalia facility reached a landfill diversion rate of over 90%.

Compostable Products
The vertical integration of International Paper allows us to deliver creative products and supply chain solutions that increase efficiency, enhance new menu items and improve consumer experience.    

International Paper was the first packaging manufacturer in the US to bring a fully compostable hot cup to market. The ecotainer® product line offers an environmentally responsible option for all your foodservice packaging needs.  All materials used to produce our ecotainer® cups, lids and containers are sourced from fully renewable resources.  The trees used to make the paper come from forests that are certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®).  The lids and coating on the paper are made from the same plant-based biopolymer, making this a fully compostable product line in most composting facilities where they exist.  By composting ecotainer® packaging, you and your customers can get involved in helping to reduce the amount of waste going into landfills.

Please visit our International Paper Sustainability page for more information