After pressure, 3M will ensure paper supplies don't come from threatened forests

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Post-it notes are going green.

Not the color, but the material.

Minnesota-based 3M agreed to take a harder line on its suppliers to ensure it is getting it's paper and pulp from sustainable sources of timber, the Star Tribune reports.

Under the new policy, the Maplewood company will require its suppliers to report the original "forest sources" of the goods it's supplying, and 3M will refuse to buy anything from "threatened forests," the newspaper notes.

According to MPR, the shift in policy at 3M comes after a long-running battle with little-known environmental group ForestEthics.

The group has protested several 3M events over the years, MPR reports, hanging banners and hiring a plane to circle Target Field during All-Star week last summer with a message saying "3M, do the right thing for forests."

3M, which counts Post-it notes and Scotch tape among its brands, buys millions of tons of pulp and paper every year, and The New York Times notes that the change in policy is expected to affect 5,000 suppliers in 70 different countries.

ForestEthics has been celebrating a victory following the decision and has thanked 3M for the shift in policy. A history of the group's battle with 3M can be found here.

Next Up

Ian Cole

Wild trade Greg Pateryn to Avalanche for Ian Cole

Cole won a pair of Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh and is a former first-round pick.

1024px-Hudson,_Wisconsin_9

St. Croix County GOP chair resigns after incendiary post on official website

John Kraft sparked controversy with his 'Prepare for War' post on the party website earlier this month.

ann kim

Ann Kim's new restaurant, Sooki & Mimi, to open in February

The James Beard Award winner is the brains behind Young Joni, Pizzeria Lola, and Hello Pizza.

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 1.32.19 PM

Firefighters rescue worker after trench fall in Rochester

The construction worker fell about 15 feet.

gray wolf

Grand Marais mayor's dog survives attack by wolves

He heard his 65-pound dog "screaming bloody murder" and then saw the wolves chasing her.

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 12.04.55 PM

Minnesota's COVID vaccine appointment site goes live

Huge demand was expected when the site went live at noon.

emily ford

Duluth woman is hiking 1,000-plus miles on the Ice Age Trail this winter

She could be the second person ever to finish a winter-thru hike of the Wisconsin trail.

coronavirus, covid-19, icu

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, January 19

Two days in a row with fewer than 1,000 new cases.

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 10.52.12 AM

After fire destroyed their house, couple forced to euthanize beloved dog

The couple's daughter has launched a fundraiser for her parents.

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 10.16.14 AM

Investigation after teacher accused of lewd act during distance learning

No charges have been filed yet and the staff member has not been identified.

Related