We Share Concerns About Protecting Forests
At Bounty, we consistently incorporate sustainability into our way of doing business every day. We see it as our responsibility, and want to ensure no one has to choose between the products they use and enjoy today and what they hope to preserve for tomorrow.
Healthy and sustainable forests, including the Canadian Boreal Forest, are important to everyone—including P&G and the team at Bounty. We are continually assessing our approach to ensure sustainable forestry within our supply chain, including the Boreal, continue to operate at the highest and most efficient levels possible.
We’re providing the information below to help answer questions you may have about how we make the products you prefer and we encourage you to ask questions.
Does Our Paper Come From Healthy Forests?
At Bounty, we have always been committed to ensuring responsible forestry practices are followed. Healthy and sustainable forests are important to everyone at P&G and Bounty.
Bounty uses wood fiber that is Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified. FSC®is considered the preferred industry certifier and is a leading expert on why forests matter. FSC® is dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide. The rest of our fiber supply is also 3rd party certified with responsible forestry certification systems.
•100% of the pulp (material prepared by separating cellulose fibers from wood) used to make our paper is certified by recognized organizations to ensure we only use responsibly managed sources.
• For every tree we use, at least one is re-grown. 100% of the paper in Bounty comes from responsibly managed forests.
• Wood is always legally harvested and local legal requirements are met.
• Our supply chain does not contain conflict timber. Conflict timber is a term used to describe timber that is produced and sold to finance armed conflict.
• Our suppliers uphold the same principles P&G supports and are 3rd-party certified with annual audits.
• We do not participate in any deforestation practices. Deforestation implies the permanent destruction of forests.
• We use fibers from a variety of sources in North America and other regions, including fast-growing trees, like Eucalyptus, which helps quickly and sustainably replenish supply.
Help Us Recycle More:
• More than 95% of Bounty inner cores and paperboard packaging are made of recycled fiber and 84% are made of post-consumer recycled fiber. This means that it has been recycled after someone has used it.
• All of Bounty’s inner cores are recyclable in your paper recycling and the outer plastic wrap is recyclable per the recycling designation on the wrapper, where facilities exist.
• Post-consumer products are made by using recycled material collected after consumer use to create an entirely new product, giving the material a second life. Recycled fibers come from materials captured and reused during the manufacturing.
While all of our paper towel wood fiber comes from responsibly managed forests where every tree used is regrown, we continue to work with partners to find ways to further reduce our impact.
What Have We Accomplished So Far?
We are far from finished. We can certainly do more to improve the sustainability of our products. We also recognize that we do not have all the answers and need to continue to work with our partners to find innovative solutions. However, we remain committed to drive progress in responsible forest management by pursuing rigorous forestry practices within the company but also by increasing the supply and demand of FSC® certified products through various initiatives, which benefits the broader industry.
P&G has continued to support its existing smallholder efforts such as the Four States Timberland Owners Association. Additionally, the company has expanded on those efforts to directly support the adoption of FSC ® forest certification among non-industrial woodland owners.
One such effort is the collaboration with FSC ®United States to enable Group Certification to reduce costs and barriers to adoption of FSC ® forest certification. One tangible outcome that will have a lasting impact is a new group certification handbook published by FSC ® US with support provided by our team. The handbook is designed to equip group managers with ways to develop outreach materials that can help articulate the value of FSC ® group certification for non-industrial woodland owners.
Through our collaboration with Domtar (one of the largest manufacturers of pulp in the world) and FSC®, forestlands committed to FSC® certification have increased from 100,000 acres to over 500,000 acres.
We also helped launch the Carolinas Working Forest Conservation Collaborative to engage directly with family woodland owners in the US Coastal Carolinas Plain to support sustainable forestry, conservation of bottomland hardwood forests, the enhancement of habitat for at-risk species, and forest certification.
We’re proud of what we have achieved so far:
• Ethical Supply Chain award 2018, presented by the Supply Chain Excellence Award
• Sustainability Leadership award and Sustainability Initiative of the Year award 2018, presented by the Business Intelligence Group
• Friend of the Forest award 2018, presented by the Arbor Day Foundation
Did You Know?
• Bounty helps you clean messes with less. Each sheet of Bounty is 2X more absorbent vs. the leading bargain brand. In fact, each roll can last up to 50% longer than the leading ordinary brand.
• Bounty Select-A-Size lets you choose a smaller size for smaller messes so you can reduce waste.
• If one in 100 U.S. households switched from Bounty Large Roll to Bounty Huge Roll, it would result in 18.4 million fewer cores, a reduction of 34,400 gallons of diesel fuel and over 53,700 lbs. less film in landfills.
• Used Bounty power towels are suitable for municipal or home compost systems. Avoid composting towels contaminated with strong cleaning products, grease and oil or animal product, such as milk or cheese.
• 100% of Bounty products are made in America, directly supporting thousands of employees and their families.