How to stop paper tigers, heat transfer paper
On a recent winter morning in Chicago, a group of Chicago-area paper tigers was quietly roaming the street, enjoying the sun.
They were just one of the animals that the city has adopted as part of its $1 billion Paper Tiger Initiative, a project aimed at saving paper by 2030.
The goal is to make Chicago the global leader in paper production by 2026.
As part of the initiative, the city recently installed three new heat-transfer paper plants that are expected to produce up to 30 per cent of the paper produced in the city by 2035.
The plants were put in place in January to cut paper production and reduce paper pollution.
“Paper is the primary medium of production in the paper industry and the paper is what is used to print newspapers, magazines, catalogs, pamphlets, stationery, books, posters, greeting cards, and so on,” says Toronto-based eco-tourism company Paper Tiger Canada.
“So we wanted to make sure we made sure the paper that we use for our products is the safest paper we can possibly produce.”
The plants are located in the North Loop, which has one of Chicago’s highest concentrations of paper mills.
The North Loop is home to paper mills, and the city is the world’s largest paper mill with more than 500 in operation.
The city’s new plant will produce about half of the city’s paper in the next five years, according to the city.
“It’s just great news for Chicago,” says Terry Wills, executive director of the Chicago Sustainable Paper Alliance.
“We’re seeing a lot of progress in reducing the amount of paper being produced in this city and our paper mills are really helping that along.”
The paper mills produce about 40 per cent more paper per square foot than those in Toronto and the North, according, the Eco-touringist.
It takes roughly 5,000 tons of paper to produce the same amount of material in the United States as it does in Chicago.
“I think it’s a really positive development,” says Wills.
“And also a really, really positive message to the paper mills that are in Chicago.”
Wills says the paper mill is one of several measures the city will take to make paper production in Chicago more sustainable.
The new plants are also expected to reduce the citys greenhouse gas emissions by 15 per cent by 2030, according the Eco.
The cities new Paper Tiger initiative is aiming to reduce paper emissions by 20 per cent within the next three years.
“The paper mills we’re working with will be very aggressive about reducing their emissions,” says a city spokesperson.
The initiative has received more than 200,000 applications from municipalities and other organizations around the world to purchase up to 20,000 kilograms of paper a day by 2023, according a spokesperson from the Chicago Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The paper is used for all sorts of products, from books to toys to paper towels to paper-based products.
The Chicago Paper Tigers have already planted trees on the property, and are also planning to build a “wonderland” in the area, with a playground, a pond and other attractions, according Chicago Paper Tiger.
“This is a great opportunity to see this beautiful, iconic, green, beautiful piece of Chicago come alive,” says Tim Bremmer, a board member of the Eco Tourist Alliance.
Bremmmer says the eco-theme park is “a perfect example of the power of green tourism.”
“It can be really beneficial to the environment and the people that live and work here,” he says.
“They want to see a beautiful environment, they want to have the environment as part a vibrant tourist destination, and they want it to be as green as possible.”
“The most important thing about this plant is that it’s so beautiful,” says Bremmers brother, Michael Bremmel, the company’s vice president of corporate affairs.
“If you look at the tree that we planted in the park, we want to make it so that the trees are as beautiful as possible, so that they can live there forever.”