Woody Harrelson has seen the future of paper — and it's one that doesn't include trees as a primary resource.
The actor is one of the investors behind Prairie Pulp and Paper, creators of high-quality, "tree-free, chlorine-free" paper made from sustainable wheat and flax straw. The Canadian company has already produced small runs of the product but now wants to ramp up production and distribute on a massive scale.
On June 11, the company received a $400,000 boost from provincial and federal governments to begin its expansion, with interest from chains like Staples and Office Depot already flowing in. From the Winnipeg Free Press
The company plans to build North America's first commercial-scale non-wood pulp and paper mill in rural Manitoba. The facility would produce 200,000 tonnes of paper annually and employ 300 to 500 people.
If successful, the project would be a huge boon to Winnipeg farmers, who could sell their excess wheat straw — instead of burning it.
"Using technology to produce paper products from agricultural byproducts is an exciting venture — it's innovative, good for the environment, and creates new market opportunities for industry and farmers," Manitoba Member of Parliament Candice Hoeppner said.