Archive for the ‘Green Initiatives’ Category

Money with a conscience: How Fortress Paper is making “green” banknotes

Posted: Monday, November 9th, 2009

When a twenty-dollar bill passes from your hand into the hand of the cashier at the grocery store, you probably don’t put much thought into where that single piece of paper currency came from or even think about how it was made.

And if that’s the case, you probably aren’t wondering if the particular banknote you’re handing over to buy tonight’s dinner is environmentally friendly. You might not even know that a “green” banknotes exist – but they do.

At Fortress Paper’s Landqart Mill, “green” banknotes are being produced everyday for countries around the world.

The Landqart Mill (located in Switzerland) adheres to the environmental standards set out by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) – an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization – which ensures the wood used by the Swiss mill is not illegally harvested, genetically modified or cut from conservation areas. The FSC also audits and monitors wood-harvesting processes to guarantee that a forest’s biodiversity and sustainability are preserved.

This means that all of the paper products produced by Fortress Paper at the Landqart Mill – including banknotes – are certified as being environmentally conscientious.

For more information on the Forest Stewardship Council, and its guidelines for responsible forest management visit http://www.fsc.org and http://www.buyerbefair.org