Sustainability

Red Leaf Pulp offers a unique and sustainable value proposition:

 

  • No change in biodiversity: creation of a truly circular economy.

  • No change in land use: wheat straw is a sustainable feedstock alternative with tremendous availability as a byproduct of wheat production.

  • Supports existing supply chain: creates enhanced revenue for Canadian wheat producers.

Lifecycle Analysis (LCA) - Embodied Emissions of Red Leaf Pulp vs. Other Pulps
Source: NatureBank Asset Management
  • The carbon footprint of Red Leaf pulp is 280 kg CO2e/ADMT, which is 83% lower than the footprint of conventional mechanical pulps. This is due to:

    • Increased energy efficiency and low water usage;

    • Usage of renewable energy sources;

    • Utilization of an agricultural waste product that is locally sourced (within a 100 km radius from site);

    • Highly efficient facility and process.

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  • Utilizing straw instead of wood to create pulp results in a carbon savings of 249,200 tonnes of CO2e​/year.  

  • Additional environmental considerations include:

    • Avoidance of burning wheat and flax straw;

    • Greater efficiency related to natural resources such as land and water by usage of an agricultural residue;

    • Minimizes the removal of trees from forests, thereby protecting wildlife habitats and the sequestration function of trees.

  • Red Leaf will ensure First Nations engagement through employment opportunities as well as potential equity partnership.

  • A Red Leaf facility will create over 110 direct jobs and another 450+ indirect jobs to the local community.

 

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