TreeZero Partners with Wildlife Works to Protect Threatened Forests in Africa

TreeZero Partners with Wildlife Works to Protect Threatened Forests in Africa

Partnership Expands Commitment to Innovation and Sustainability

ATLANTA – May 1, 2017 – TreeZero, a sustainable paper company, has announced a partnership with Wildlife Works to support the preservation of threatened forests in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Additionally, the partnership has enabled TreeZero to become carbon neutral and offset its product carbon emissions.

“Our partnership with Wildlife Works joins two organizations focused on innovative solutions to conserve the world’s biodiversity,” said Mike Nilan, CEO of TreeZero. “We care about the world we live in, and we have products made in a way that positively impacts the environment today – and for generations to come.”

TreeZero’s premium, multipurpose paper is made from sugarcane fiber waste that is 100 percent tree free. The company achieved carbon neutrality for its paper by offsetting the carbon emissions generated from producing and processing the sugarcane, and manufacturing, distributing and recycling the paper. TreeZero has retroactively purchased verified emission reductions (VERs), also known as carbon offsets, for every single ream of paper produced and sold since the inception of the company – and has made the commitment to continue to purchase carbon offsets for future sales.

Wildlife Works is the world’s leading REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) project development and management company. REDD+ is a climate change mitigation strategy envisioned by The United Nations to stop the deforestation responsible for pumping more than 7 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere each year and accounting for 15 percent of global annual greenhouse gas emissions – more than the entire worldwide transportation sector.

“By creating value for standing trees through partnerships with organizations such as TreeZero, we’re able to fund our conservation efforts in Africa to protect forests and the wildlife that live in them,” said Mike Korchinsky, founder and president of Wildlife Works. “With TreeZero and other progressive corporations, we’re protecting 1.2 million acres of forests and preventing more than 5.4M tonnes of C02 emissions from being released each year for the 30-year life of the project. We’re also bringing sustainable development benefits to more than 200,000 local people who live in the forest area, in addition to protecting habitat for more than 300 species of wildlife.”

Approximately 300 million tons of paper is consumed worldwide each year.[1] According to the World Resources Institute, more than 80 percent of the Earth’s natural forests have been destroyed with 40 percent of deforestation driven by the paper industry.

“TreeZero is providing an alternative to paper production for those who want top quality paper and have a desire to move the needle on deforestation,’” said Nilan. “At the same time, we challenge others to go beyond conventional thinking to create solutions that further the circular economy.”

Nilan and Korchinsky are on the “Business for Sustainable Solutions” panel at The Rethinking Animals Summit in New York, May 6 and 7. They will discuss the TreeZero and Wildlife Works partnership and illustrate ways businesses can be profitable while protecting the environment and biodiversity.

About TreeZero

TreeZero is an Atlanta-based sustainable solutions company that markets, supplies and distributes environmentally responsible agro fiber paper products. TreeZero paper is the only premium 100 percent tree free, carbon neutral paper made from sugarcane waste fiber. It is completely recyclable within existing recycling systems and surpasses other recycled paper brands in Ricoh tests. TreeZero paper is available at office supply distributors such as Artlite, Essendant, Office Depot/Office Max®, Ricoh Canada, Staples®, Veritiv™ and W.B. Mason, online at Amazon and Walmart and in-store at FedEx® Office locations nationwide. For more information, visit www.treezero.com and connect with TreeZero on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. 

About Wildlife Works

Wildlife Works Carbon LLC is a unique private sector forest conservation company founded in 2009 aiming to make a massive contribution to reducing global emissions by protecting some of the most important and highly threatened tropical forests in the world. Wildlife Works is currently engaged in several developing country forest communities, managing their transition away from forest destruction and towards sustainable economic development. Wildlife Works uses the innovative market mechanism REDD+ to finance activities and to provide the financial incentives for those communities and governments to protect their forests. REDD+ places a value on the natural capital of standing forests as the key element in mitigating climate change and sells that value to willing corporate leaders and individuals who are committed to reducing the carbon footprint of their organizations. In addition to reducing emissions from avoiding deforestation, Wildlife Works REDD+ projects deliver unprecedented environmental and social benefits to seriously impoverished parts of the world that are in desperate need of change. 

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[1] http://www.thepaperlessproject.com/facts-about-paper-the-impact-of-consumption/

TreeZero Appoints Craig Ramsey as President and Jeffrey Foote as Executive Vice President of Sustainability

TreeZero Appoints Craig Ramsey as President and Jeffrey Foote as Executive Vice President of Sustainability

Management Team to Focus on Company Growth and Sustainability Strategy

ATLANTA, February 8, 2017 – TreeZero, the only company that offers premium 100 percent tree free, carbon neutral paper in North America, announced Craig Ramsey as its president and Jeff Foote as executive vice president of sustainability. With the expanded management team, TreeZero aims to further strengthen its commitment to the highest sustainability standards.

Ramsey who recently made the transition to the role of president was an early investor in TreeZero. Co-founder Mike Nilan will remain as CEO. Co-founder Edward Kennedy, will remain as chairman of the board and will remain active in strategic partnerships and sales.

“After spending more than 30 years with Accenture, Craig brings extensive management, strategic planning and business optimization experience to TreeZero,” said Nilan. “Craig’s leadership will help to accelerate our growth and solidify our reputation as a North American leader in sustainable paper solutions.”

Ramsey was a member of the North America leadership team and headed the Atlanta office – one of the largest Accenture offices in the world during the last ten years of his tenure with Accenture. From there, he oversaw business development and client service for the company’s southeastern region and was a leader in market growth, corporate citizenship and community involvement.

“TreeZero’s 100 percent tree free, carbon neutral paper is one of the most innovative products in the paper industry in nearly 30 years – since the introduction of recycled paper. I’m proud that TreeZero’s paper products along with our partnerships and distribution channels are changing the way people think about paper,” said Ramsey. “As companies and consumers increasingly search for ways to help our environment, TreeZero is well positioned for rapid development and expansion as it offers products that are aligned with their sustainability goals.”

Foote, who initially joined TreeZero in an advisory role in March 2016, spent 20 years at The Coca-Cola Company in key leadership roles, developing and implementing sustainability goals and objectives across multiple functions including strategy and innovation. He currently serves on the board of the Georgia Recycling Coalition.

“Jeff’s strategic sustainability expertise will help us gain insights on emerging best practices and opportunities that will positively impact our plans for rapid growth,” said Nilan. “His experience will enable us to strengthen our relationships with key environmental and sustainability advocacy groups. Jeff possesses extensive expertise in sustainability through his experience at The Coca-Cola Company and his sincere passion for a more sustainable world.”

TreeZero will be launching a newsletter encompassing insight from Foote, curated content focused on sustainability along with best practices from around the globe. The newsletter will provide an enlightened perspective for those caring about the environment and its future.

Foote, also an investor in TreeZero, said he joined the management team because of the difference the company is making in sustainability. “Thousands of public companies, colleges and universities, and government agencies are developing and implementing sustainable sourcing programs to help them achieve public commitments to reduce impact on deforestation, cut their carbon footprints and eliminate waste. Purchasing and using TreeZero paper is an easy solution for any organization to add as part of its comprehensive, sustainable sourcing strategy.”

World Resources Institute estimates that 30% of global forest cover has been cleared and another 20% has been degraded. Most of the rest has been fragmented, leaving only about 15% intact. According to the United Nations, deforestation and forest degradation account for approximately 17% of carbon emissions, more than the entire global transportation sector and second only to the energy sector. TreeZero paper is a simple and convenient option for organizations interested in reducing the impact of deforestation and climate change.

About TreeZero

TreeZero is an Atlanta-based sustainable solutions company that markets, supplies, and distributes environmentally responsible agro fiber paper products for leading companies, colleges and universities, government agencies and consumers with a passion for sustainability. TreeZero’s flagship product TreeZero paper is the only premium 100 percent tree free, carbon neutral paper made from sugarcane waste fiber. It is completely recyclable within existing recycling systems. According to Ricoh test results, the quality of TreeZero paper surpasses other recycled paper brands. TreeZero paper is available at office supply distributors such as Artlite, Essendant, Office Depot/Office Max®, Ricoh Canada, Staples®, Veritiv™ and W.B. Mason, online
at Amazon and Walmart and in-store at FedEx® Office locations nationwide.

For more information, visit www.treezero.com, follow on Twitter @TreeZeroPaper, or like TreeZero Paper on Facebook.

Media Relations Contact
Jamia Cammeron
FleishmanHillard (for TreeZero)
404-739-0165
jamia.cammeron@fleishman.com