Agri-papers: Kimberly-Clark launches a range of tissue & towel products containing bamboo and wheat straw

Kimberly-Clark Professional has launched GreenHarvest products, a cutting edge offering that incorporates rapidly renewable plant-based fiber, such as wheat straw and bamboo, into Kleenex and Scott brand towel and tissue products.  GreenHarvest offerings include Kleenex hard roll towel and Kleenex Cottonelle coreless standard roll bathroom tissue made with 20 percent bamboo fiber, and Scott multi-fold towels, standard roll bathroom tissue, coreless JRT Jr. bathroom tissue and coreless standard roll bathroom tissue made with 20 percent wheat straw fiber. (PRNewsFoto/Kimberly-Clark Professional)

Kimberly-Clark [KC] Professional has launched a range of products based on ‘rapidly renewable’ plant fibres such as wheat straw and bamboo. The range of ‘GreenHarvest’ products will be used in Kleenex and Scott brand towel and tissue products.

KC Professional is the first major towel and tissue manufacturer in North America to introduce products made with 20 percent plant fibre in place of tree or recycled fibre. To use these fibres, KC has had to develop new manufacturing processes for converting plant fibre into pulp.

GreenHarvest offerings include Kleenex hard roll towel and Kleenex Cottonelle coreless standard roll bathroom tissue made with 20 percent bamboo fibre, and Scott multi-fold towels, standard roll bathroom tissue, coreless JRT Jr. bathroom tissue and coreless standard roll bathroom tissue made with 20 percent wheat straw fibre.

In 2012, KC Professional became the first major towel and tissue manufacturer in North America to pilot the use of products containing fibre from sources other than trees. GreenHarvest products are the “next-generation” products, an initiative recognized by leading environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs).

The interest in using alternative fibres has been part of the KC strategy and they recently sponsored work to look at the ‘Life Cycle Assessment‘ of alternative fibres and the results are available here: click here.

For some additional commentary and press reports, please see the following:

For some earlier information, please see the following: Booshoot and Kimberly-Clark Sign Development Agreement to Support Production of Tissue Products Made with Bamboo Fiber

Agri-papers: Social Print Paper offers Wheat Sheet paper based on straw residue

Wheat.Sheet.CMYKSocial Print Paper based in New Westminster, BC, Canada, is offering a range of ‘tree-free’ AgriPapers based on agricultural residues such as wheat straw or sugar cane (bagasse) residues.  In  a recent tie-up with a paper company based in North India, Social Print Paper is producing a Wheat Sheet office paper containing 60% wheat straw residue from a wheat farming process, 35% recycled FSC Certified wood fibre from the plywood industry and 5% FSC Certified plantation fibre.

Social Print paper aims to match the quality and cost of traditional office papers.

For more information, see the article by Business Vancouver –> click here.

For a good green briefs blog article written by Lorne Craig, please click here.