Canadian Packaging

Cascades wins Walmart vendor sustainability award

Walmart's recyclable waste is handled by Cascades Recovery division.


February 28, 2014
by Canadian Packaging Staff

KINGSEY FALLS, QC—Cascades Inc., a company that produces, converts, and markets packaging and tissue products composed mainly of recycled fibers, has won Walmart Canada’s Vendor Sustainability Award.

The award recognizes a company’s sustainability program and efforts in helping Walmart achieve its sustainability goals, with Cascades chosen from over 100 other suppliers.

“We had many fabulous award submissions,” says Walmart Canada manager of sustainability Andrew Telfer. “Our vendor-partners are certainly taking the environment to heart and incorporating sustainability initiatives into their business plans. The competition was tough, however Cascades’ entry was very strong. They are most deserving of our award.”

A Partnership for a Better Future
Through its Cascades Recovery division, Cascades collects Walmart’s recyclable waste including corrugated boxes, plastics and old papers. The collected goods are reused in a variety of products, such as packaging and bathroom tissue, thus diverting tons of usable materials from Canadian landfills each year.

“Long before sustainable development became fashionable, Cascades was putting it into practice instinctively,” says Cascades president and chief executive officer Mario Plourde.

“In fact, Cascades was born out of a form of sustainable development: the recovery of waste paper. We have always believed that remaining true to our values is the only way forward.”

Cascades recently launched its second sustainable development plan for 2013-2015, which is a continuation of the previous one for 2010-2012. This new roadmap includes fresh targets to push the company’s environmental performance even further, and is focused on nine indicators: energy, waste, water, sustainable procurement, innovation, financial performance, health and safety, employee mobilization, and community involvement.

“We’re honored to be recognized by such an important customer, one that also has a strong commitment to sustainability and sound resources management,” adds president and chief executive officer of the Cascades Tissue Group Suzanne Blanchet. “At Cascades, our commitment to offering the most innovative and eco-responsible products possible is what makes us stand apart.”

More information on Cascades can be found at www.cascades.com.