Red Leaf Pulp, which bills itself as Canada’s first non-wood pulp mill, received $ 3.8 million from Sustainable Development Technology Canada to improve the use of existing agricultural resources, support the agricultural industry and reduce the carbon intensity associated with the production of paper and packaging materials. . To do this, he will use wheat straw and other sustainable agricultural resources, as well as wood-based pulp.
“As sustainability efforts intensify globally and fabric and packaging suppliers realize the benefits of an annual raw material such as wheat straw, Red Leaf’s technology is gaining momentum. ‘breadth in the market,’ said Martin Pudlas, CEO of Red Leaf Pulp, in a press release. “Along with our consortium partners Allnorth, Valmet, IEM and CNG, we appreciate the significant support from the federal government in making Red Leaf innovations a success. “
In June, Red Leaf Pulp selected Regina as the site for its first mill, which will have the capacity to produce approximately 182,000 tonnes of market pulp per year from wheat straw collected from local producers.
The company’s technology offers a sustainable alternative to meet the growing demand for paper products by using a source of fiber that does not contribute to deforestation. The funding will also assist in co-product marketing efforts that will potentially allow the Red Leaf facility to become positive for the planet.