Environmental Sustainability

The paper packaging industry is committed to the highest level of environmental sustainability.

Recycled Content

The Canadian paper-based packaging industry collects and recycles packaging to ensure they are remade into new products again and again.

Paper Packaging Circular Economy

Canada’s paper packaging industry is one of the most successful examples of a circular economy.


Revisiting Paper Packaging’s Circular Economy as Court Rules on Plastics Ban

December 7, 2023

A Canadian Federal Court recently announced its ruling in response to the lawsuit brought forward by the Responsible Plastic Use Coalition (RPUC), made up of companies from the plastics industry, who requested a judicial review of the federal government’s decision to add plastic manufactured items (PMIs) to the List of Toxic Substances under the Canadian […]

What Reducing Plastics Means for the Canadian Paper Packaging Industry

November 1, 2023

There are so many policy proposals aimed at addressing plastic packaging right now that it can be hard to keep track of it all. The Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) has been working to stay updated on government and industry initiatives aimed at reducing plastics – both in Canada and globally – and […]

Happy National Forest Week

Celebrating National Forest Week

September 22, 2023

The Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) has enjoyed celebrating National Forest Week, which is taking place this week (September 17-23, 2023), as the sustainable management of Canada’s forests is fundamental to PPEC members and the circular economy of the paper packaging industry. Environmental sustainability is at the core of PPEC member company operations, and using recycled […]

Pittiing Packaging Materials Against

Pitting Packaging Materials Against Each Other Misses the Bigger Picture

June 29, 2023

Recent media articles on the potential of paper packaging to replace some of the single-use plastic items being banned in Canada, such as shopping bags and take-out food containers, miss the bigger picture of waste management and consumption in Canada. Some articles have shared concerns raised by some environmentalists about shifting from plastic to paper packaging […]

Banning Paper Bags is Not the Solution

Banning Paper Bags is Not the Solution

May 5, 2023

In recent months, the Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) has been seeing a concerning trend of some governments choosing to ban paper bags. In Canada, the Yukon banned single-use paper bags of all sizes supplied by retailers to customers, and in the U.S., New Jersey banned paper carryout bags. Both jurisdictions essentially say they have done this […]

Paper Packaging Leads the Way

Paper-based Packaging Leads the Way for Ontario’s Household Blue Box Program

May 1, 2023

Paper-based packaging continues to be a success story in Ontario\’s household Blue Box program, as measured by marketed tonnage, based on new data released by the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA), the regulator mandated by the Government of Ontario to enforce the province’s circular economy laws. RPRA’s new Datacall Report summarizes information generated by the 246 programs participating […]

Welcome to PPEC

The Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) has been a trusted and credible industry voice for the Canadian paper-based packaging industry for more than 30 years. 

  • PPEC represents approximately 90% of the Canadian paper packaging industry on environmental issues. PPEC members include paper packaging mills and converters operating in Canada who manufacture the major paper packaging grades: containerboard, boxboard, and Kraft paper. Learn more about PPEC members here.
  • Through ongoing advocacy and communications, PPEC promotes the positive environmental attributes of paper-based packaging and the circular economy of our industry.

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