PolyJohn Enterprises Tissue Receives Green Seal Certification

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Green Seal Certification elevates PolyJohn's environmental awareness to a new standard.

In the paper business, that’s a big deal. It was a lot of work, but we are very pleased.

PolyJohn Enterprises announced that it has achieved Green Seal Standard, GS-1 certification of Sanitary Paper Products for its line of University® Toilet Tissue. The company made the announcement at the 2013 Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo, held Feb. 25-28 in Indianapolis, Ind. More than 8,418 people representing 3,730 companies attended the annual event geared toward professionals in the septic and portable sanitation industry.

The Green Seal Standard was first established more than 20 years ago for products such as restroom and facial tissue, paper towels, napkins, wipes and placemats. Overall, it sets the environmental, health, and social requirements for sanitary paper products and addresses environmental life cycle issues spanning raw materials, manufacturing, packaging and product use and performance.

“PolyJohn has offered University Toilet Tissue for about 12 years, but we just recently received the Green Seal certification,” said Ted Dixon, manager of specialty products for PolyJohn. “In the paper business, that’s a big deal. It was a lot of work, but we are very pleased … and the Expo, with so many of our customers in attendance, was the perfect time to roll it out. We always like to wait for the Expo to roll out something new.”

The standard requires stringent criteria be met in the production of the product, such as weight, strength, absorbency and sheet count and size. No chlorine can be used in the production process, and 100 percent of the product material must be recycled fiber, with 50 percent post consumer material. In addition, production facilities are audited annually to monitor air and wastewater quality. Dixon said that the company has met many of the guidelines all along, but only recently decided to pursue the Green Seal Standard.

“We’ve always known we were doing the right thing with this product, but our customers didn’t always know,” said Dixon. “That’s why we moved it a step forward. It’s been a very rewarding experience.”

The reaction the company received from customers at the Expo was overwhelmingly positive, especially after the impact of the Green Seal Standard was explained in detail. Dixon said the company is still in the process of incorporating the Green Seal logo into its packaging, and also plans to look into Green Seal Standard certification for several other products.

“Many of our customers thought it was wonderful,” said Dixon. “Where they are really going to see a benefit is in their special events. So many event organizers are thinking about environmental impact now. If our customers can offer them environmentally friendly products and services, their clients will be especially pleased.”

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