On the surface, our business at Evergreen Packaging seems simple: we convert trees, a renewable material, into paper.

But our process is actually far more intricate. Learn more about our story. Our commitment to sustainability helps us:
  • Make products that build compelling brands for our customers.
  • Create viable business growth.
  • Support the communities in which we do business.
As a core value, sustainability is at the heart of what we do. We:

Sustainability Definitions

Some of the terms associated with sustainability and environmental stewardship can be complex. Here we provide common definitions to some uncommon words and phrases you may hear or read about.

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    Describes material capable of timely decomposition under natural conditions as a result of biological activity. Biodegradable materials can be broken down by microorganisms such as bacteria, enzymes, and fungi or other decomposers.


    Defines a material susceptible to degradation by biological processes under natural conditions or in industrial compositing facilities, yielding CO2, water, inorganic compounds, and biomass at a rate consistent with other known compostable materials and leaving no visible, distinguishable, or toxic residue.

    Made with 30% postconsumer recycled material

    Indicates that at least 30% of the material in a product is made from material that has been recycled and has been diverted from home, office, retail store, or other similar waste streams.

    Made from renewable resources

    Refers to products that can be regenerated through natural ecological processes and management practices and also replenished at a rate that matches or exceeds the rate of consumption.


    Distinguishes material that still has useful physical or chemical properties after serving its original purpose and can, therefore, be remanufactured into new products.


    Signifies responsible use of resources to meet human needs in an economically viable manner, while preserving social well-being and the health of the natural environment so that future generations are able to meet their needs.

Video: Sustainability Story

2020 AF&PA Leadership Award
Evergreen Packaging Wins AF&PA Leadership in Sustainability Award. Find out more.

2020 FSC Leadership Award
Appalachian Woodlands Alliance including Evergreen Wins 2020 FSC Leadership Award in the Uncommon Partnership category. We’re proud to be a partner of the AWA Smallholder Access Program (SAP).

Find out more about the program.
Find out more about the award.

Sustainability Certifications
Evergreen Packaging plays an active role in certified forestry. Learn more.