Cascades Tissue Group, Waterford, N.Y., has achieved Green Seal Standard GS-1 recertification of sanitary paper products for its entire line of Cascades® and North River® away-from-home towel and tissue products. The recertification encompasses 114 branded products, all made from 100 percent recycled fiber.
The standard sets the environmental, health, and social requirements for sanitary paper products and comprehensively addresses environmental life-cycle issues spanning raw materials, manufacturing, packaging, and product use and performance.
Revisions to the standard in September 2011 provide more stringent criteria such as increasing the amount of postconsumer material required by an average of 25 percent, monitoring air and wastewater quality, and expanding product performance and packaging requirements. Products must also adhere to strict requirements related to weight, strength, absorbency, and sheet count and size.