Board Converting News, January 3, 2022

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Mullinder Publishes New Book: ‘Little Green Lies And Other BS’ BY LEN PRAZYCH John Mullinder, the former Executive Director of the Canadian based Paperboard and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC), has announced the publication and launch of his second book, “Little Green Lies And Other BS.” That one of our indus-

PCG Launches ‘PCG Cares Initiative’ To Help Needy At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, food banks, shelters and other service orga- nizations contacted the President Container Group (PCG) requesting corrugated contain- ers for people in need to carry meals and store belongings. In response, PCG donat- ed 20,000 containers “without a question asked,” said company Vice President Larry Grossbard. The giving did not stop there. Out of that need, the company has created the “PCG Cares Initiative” to continue helping wherev- er high-quality, clean and reliable corrugat- ed containers are needed. With its offices in Moonachie, New Jersey and its manufactur- ing center in Middletown, New York, the com- pany will help communities in both states with its contributions of packaging, building part- nerships such as the one it enjoys with the Center for Food Action in New Jersey. “Our goal is to help each other, one box at a time,” Grossbard said. “We are all responsi- ble for doing our part to serve the communi- ties around us. By providing corrugated con- tainers, we will provide one more necessary item to food pantries, shelters and other such

try’s larger personalities has published a book is news- worthy enough, but the wake-up call he provides on the “emotional subject of environmental claims and advertising” should be nec- essary reading for anyone proud enough to create and sustain a career in the pa- per, corrugated converting and paperboard packaging industry. As the former head of the PPEC, Mullinder had for three decades led the orga- nization that has grown to represent over 90 percent

of the Canadian paper packaging industry on environmental issues. The council was founded by packaging mills and converters back in 1990, allowing the group to work together and speak with one voice rather than several. Today, under the guidance of Rachel Kagan, who succeeded Mullinder after his retirement early last year, “PPEC lobbies


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governments, networks with other industry play- ers, co-ordinates action industry-wide, develops practical solutions, and promotes the environ- mental performance and achievements of the in- dustry as a whole.” It was in this “environment” that the seeds of “Little Green Lies” were sown. Or was it perhaps the incident Mullinder describes in the introduc-

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ICPF To Conduct Packaging Teleconference In February BillerudKorsnas To Acquire Verso Corp For $825 Million 3 Acme Corrugated Box Co. Empowers Philadelphia Youth

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tion to his 196-page gift to everyone inside and outside the paper and packaging industry; the incident in which five-year-old Johnny gets conned by his older brother into sinking his teeth into a cow pie while CONTINUED ON PAGE 26

AVERAGE CONTAINERBOARD PRICES The average prices reported are tabulated from prices PAID by various sources throughout the United States the week previous to issue. Prices in some areas of the country may be higher or lower than the tabulated average. The prices tabulated here are intended only for purposes of reference. They do not connote any commitment to sell any material at the indicated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser.

REGION E. Coast Midwest Southeast Southwest

42# Kraft liner

26# Semi-Chem. Medium

$1005.00-1010.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1050.00-1060.00 $1023.00-1032.00

Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del.

$940.00-990.00 $955.00-975.00 $955.00-975.00 $955.00-975.00 $975.00-995.00 $958.00-978.00

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SHEET PRICES BY REGION (AVERAGE) Per 1MSF, local delivery included, 50MSF single item order, truckload delivery. Sheets

E. Coast Midwest South-SW S. CA N.CA/WA-OR US Aver.

200# 275#



$62.69 $82.80

$85.35 119.54

$73.13 101.29












107.46 118.45

114.69 129.32

116.54 137.25 117.82 145.56

141.08 148.46

122.76 131.80

More box makers and brokers are relying on the containerboard pricing in Board Converting News to negotiate their contracts with end users.

CANADIAN SHEET PRICES (AVERAGE) In Canadian Dollars, per 1MSF, local delivery included, under 50MSF single item order, truckload delivery. 200# 275# Oyster UC 275#DW 350#DW $78.56 $99.18 $9.00 $96.32 $105.83 CANADIAN LINERBOARD & MEDIUM The average prices reported are tabulated from prices PAID by various sources throughout Canada. Prices may be higher or lower in various areas of the country. The prices tabulated here are intended only for purposes of reference. They do not connote any commitment to sell any material at the indicated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser. Prices are Canadian $ and per metric ton.


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PCG Launches (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

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organizations, helping them stretch their resources further and help more people in need.” The PCG Cares Program reflects the company’s deep concern for its communities and the greater good, which is

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also demonstrated by its sustainable practices. The com- pany fabricates its corrugated containers with renewable and recycled source materials when possible, which are manufactured using renewable energy. To request con- tainers or inquire about the PCG Cares Initiative, email or call (201) 933-7500, ext. 263. PCG partnered with The SuperHero Project to provide NICU baby graduation boxes for NICU’s around the country.

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Brian Kentopp Joins SUN Automation Group

Glen Arm, Maryland based SUN Automation Group has an- nounced that Brian Kentopp has joined its senior leader- ship team as Vice President of Sales. Kentopp is a proven leader in sales and customer service having spent the ma- jority of his career at Bobst North America, where he most recently held the position of Vice President of Business Unit Sheetfed. “Brian’s commitment to understanding box maker needs and industry trends aligns perfectly with SUN Au- tomation Group’s unwavering commitment to our cus- tomers,” says Greg Jones, Executive Vice President, SUN Automation Group. “We look forward to the impact his leadership and experience will have on improving our cus- tomers’ experience globally.”

The management team at SUN Automation Group: from left, Brian Kentopp, Chris Kyger, Greg Jones and Paul Aliprando.

Kentopp’s announcement comes on the heels of a successful and profitable 2021 for SUN Automation Group. His appointment enhances the company’s ability to deliver on its commitment to grow its industry-leading customer service and support. “As we continue to grow our solutions through partnerships and innovations, Bri- an’s experience, expertise and relationships are critical to our continued success,” says Chris Kyger, President, SUN Automation Group. “His leadership is a tremendous as- set, and his position will ensure a trusted and seasoned advisor is available to support our customers and the corrugated industry at large.” Kentopp has been in the corrugated in- dustry throughout his long career, working at companies like Automatan in addition to Bobst North America, where he held various sales and leadership positions since 2002. “I am looking forward to working with the talented team at SUN Automation Group,” says Kentopp. “We are committed to deep- ening customer relationships and working together with them to identify and employ the best solutions for their corrugated con- verting needs.” SUN Automation Group is a global leader in providing innovative solutions to the cor- rugated industry. Known for its exceptional service and customer support, SUN is head- quartered in a 184,000-square-foot facility near Baltimore, Maryland, with SUN service centers throughout the globe. Visit for more information on SUN’s extensive list of prod- ucts and services for the corrugated industry and for updates on its innovations.


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calibrations and settings. Bar systems avoid this, but compensate this with the risk of exces- sive glue application. The system contains many wearing parts. Solution The contact roll combines the ad antage of both systems and ensures minimum contact between board and applicator roll. The system uses small pneumatic cylinders in order to achieve a “soft touch.”

6. Gap Control 7. Curved Plate 8. Roller Shoe Press When it comes to a short-term increas of web tension, spring loaded systems with shoes or airpressure activated system have problems in compensating these. The system is lifted for a short time. This may result in de-lamination and in the ‘double kiss’ effect. Solution For a defined and exact bonding point of the web fiv weight rollers will be installed usually over the first flat hotplate of the heating section. The rolls are mounted into a frame, which is actuated by means of two pneumatic cylinders. P oductivity Issu —Double Kiss Bonding




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9. Thin Wall Hot Plates 10. Pressure System Benefits —Exact glue application due to defined contact of applicator roll to web. Web is in contact to less flute tips compared to bar systems. • High precision glue application • Less moisture applied to web —No wear of shoes and springs —No adjustment of shoes or paper gap —Uniform glue application over entire w orking width for all flutes by use of pneumatic cylinders instead of springs — Less contamination by paper dust and glue remains —No jam of board because of web breaks caused by splice joints going through 630-784-0800 Benefits —Rollers secure exact defined first point of contact of liner and single-faced board - No double kiss —Frame design avoids unintended lifting of roller shoe (compared to spring or air loaded systems) - No double kiss —Pressure can be increased or released for special grades or products 490 Tower Blvd., Carol Stream, IL Contact Chicago Electric to GET IT RIGHT 630-784-0800 Solution The ProPress system ensures an optimum heat transfer to the board. It offers a wide range of set- tings. The loadi g pressure can be varied, the number of shoes can be lifted in accordance t the line speed. The outer shoes can be lifted in accordance to the paper width. The shoe bars will be delivered pre-assembled for a short installation time. —Liftable for easy paper infeed and for cleaning of the machine —Position adjustable in paper direction to avoid grooves in hotplate Press Productivity Issue—Poor Heat Transfer Rollers are usually limiting the heat transfer, since they often have contact mainly on the edges of the plates due to wear or bent plates. They also cause often loss of caliper and bearing need to be replaced frequently. Airpressure actuated systems can only supply a limited pressure and have com- pared to shoe systems a closed surface. Pressure Shoe

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ICPF To Conduct Annual Packaging Teleconference On February 24th The International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) announced that it will be conducting its annual Telecon- ference on The Business of Corrugated Packaging & Dis- plays and the Career Opportunities on Thursday, February 24, 2022, from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST. More than 500 students from approximately 20 univer- sities will be participating this year by Zoom. ICPF invites company executives in production, sales and operations whose firms are ICPF Corporate Partners and have or will be posting 2022 openings on ICPF’s career portal for up- coming graduates and student internship candidates to join us. This year’s Teleconference will begin with a over- view of the industry, followed by breakout room sessions where students who are interested in careers in produc- tion, sales, and operations will be paired with correspond- ing executives and managers to ask questions about the corrugated packaging business and its opportunities. Contact Richard Flaherty at if your company is interested in learning more about par- ticipating in the ICPF’s Teleconference. ICPF is an inde- pendent, non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation. The IRS has approved ICPF as a philanthropic, educational foundation that may accept tax-deductible contributions from compa- nies, individuals, and other organizations.

Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month September 2021



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

34.261 34.901


8.157 8.310


Industry Total

Year-to Date

September 2021



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

312.632 300.767


8.227 7.873


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2021 2020

2.7786 2.8459


25.4959 24.5672


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change




3.5 3.4




Shipping Days




2021 2020

21 21

190 191

SOURCE: Fibre Box Association

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January 3, 2022

BillerudKorsnas To Acquire Verso Corp For $825 Million

Solna, Sweden based BillerudKorsnas AB, the global pulp and paper man- ufacturer, reported that it will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Mi- amisburg, Ohio based Verso Corp. for a purchase price of $27 per share in cash, or about $825 million. The Verso shareholders board, which has unanimously approved the merger, is expected to be completed in mid- 2022. Under the merger agreement, Verso will become a wholly owned subsidiary of BillerudKorsnas.

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BillerudKorsnas plans to convert Verso’s largest facility, its Escanaba, Michigan, mill, into a world-class, sustainable, fully integrated paperboard production site. One machine is expected to be converted by 2025 and a second machine by 2029, with a total capacity of about 1.2 million tons. The Swedish company estimates it will invest up to about $1 billion in the conversion. BillerudKorsnas plans to continue operating the Quinnesec, Michigan, mill, pictured above, a graphic paper manufacturer of coated freesheet and specialty papers. The Quinnesec mill has the capacity to produce about 430,000 tons of graphic and specialty papers and 240,000 tons of market pulp per year. The acquisition of Verso is in line with BillerudKorsnas’ strategy to drive profitable growth in paperboard and the ambition to expand into North America. BillerudKorsnas is committed to continuing to serve Verso’s ex- isting customers. The offer at $27 per share is about $35 more than what Verso’s shares were worth Friday, the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune reported. In a news re- lease, Verso’s president and CEO, Randy Nebel, said the committee care- fully negotiated the agreement with BillerudKorsnas, and Verso’s board members believe the transaction “maximizes value for shareholders.” “We are excited to join forces with BillerudKorsnas and benefit from enhanced opportunities as part of a larger, stronger organization,” Nebel said. BillerudKorsnas was founded in 2012 and operates seven production units in Sweden and Finland with about 4,400 employees across more An view of Verso Corp.’s pulp and paper mill in Quinnesec, Michigan, which will be acquired by BillerudKorsnas AB




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than 13 countries, according to its website. It focuses on products that include medical and hygiene, industrial, food and beverages and consumer and luxury. It produces liq- uid packaging board, used for beverages and other liq- uids, as well as cartonboard and containerboard. Its paper products are used in packaging for medical equipment and food. Christoph Michalski, President and CEO of Billerud- Korsnas, said the company does not intend to resume pro- duction at Verso’s shuttered Wisconsin Rapids mill but is considering the future for that site. Minhee Han Of Rutgers U. Awarded 2021 Mark C. Garvey Scholarship The PMMI Foundation, in cooperation with the Garvey Corporation, has selected Rutgers University as the recipi- ent of this year’s $5,000 Mark C. Garvey Scholarship. PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, supports packaging education at U.S. col- leges, universities and technical schools through the PMMI Foundation. The student selected to receive the scholar- ship, Rachel Minhee Han, is a senior studying Packaging Engineering. “The Garvey family is pleased to award Rutgers Univer- BillerudKorsnas To Acquire (CONT’D FROM PAGE 12)

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Green Bay Packaging Attains Green Master Status For 12th Straight Year The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council (WSBC) has named Green Bay Packaging a Green Master within its Green Masters Program. Recognizing sustainable ac- tions by businesses from across the state of Wisconsin, the Green Masters program works to identify businesses that have taken at least one action within each of the nine pillars of sustainability. Participants in the program receive recognition for their sustainability accomplishments and develop ideas for future sustainability actions. In 2021, Green Bay Packaging began operation of a new $500 million state-of-the-art paper mill with first-in-in- dustry energy-saving technologies that reduce green- house gas emissions per ton paper production and zero direct discharge of water to the Fox River. The project is

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Rondo-Pak Joins In Salvation Army’s Annual Adopt-A-Family Program Camden, New Jersey based Rondo-Pak, LLC/Contempo- rary Graphic Solutions, a provider of printed components and quality folding cartons for the pharmaceutical, medi- cal device and consumer industries, again participated in the Salvation Army’s Annual Adopt-A-Family Program, this year at the Kroc Center in Camden. The program connects impoverished families with individual or group sponsors to provide their tangible needs during the holidays. Each year, in addition to providing printed materials to the Kroc Center, Rondo-Pak/CGS participates in several of the center’s programs to benefit the community. This holi- day season, the company had the honor of “adopting” two local families and all employees rallied together to fulfill their Christmas wish lists with items such as clothes, toi- letries, food, toys and crafts. Each family – with four and six individuals, respectively – received all items on their wish lists and more due to the generous contributions of company employees. The holiday gifts were delivered to the Kroc Center by several members of the Rondo-Pak/CGS team including CEO, Tim Moreton. “Each year, we look forward to uniting our team in this worthwhile cause, which aims to bring joy back to the hol- iday season for families in need,” said Moreton. “This year,

there were 77 total families adopted, which included 233 adults and children. We are delighted to have played a role in assisting the Salvation Army to serve such a large

number of deserving families in our wonderful community.” As a HUBZone company, Rondo-Pak/CGS has become an integral part of the Camden, New Jersey community. Over 50 percent of the company employees are residents CONTINUED ON PAGE 22 Rondo-Pak CEO Tim Moreton, second from left, and company employees again participated in the Adopt-A-Family Program.


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Green Bay Packaging (CONT’D FROM PAGE 20)

“Our employees whole-heartedly embraced this proj- ect and did so generously to make sure children have a gift under the tree,” said Yana Ogletree, Public Affairs Man- ager for Georgia-Pacific. “This toy drive is one of several projects that GP em- ployees support each year. From school supplies and

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Employees at Georgia-Pacific’s plant in Diboll, Texas, pro- vided an early Christmas to members of the local Boys & Girls Club. From basketballs and footballs to dolls and scooters, each club member walked away with a special Christmas surprise. “We were able to give each of our 60-plus club mem- bers a gift this year,” said Celesse Goeyns, Boys & Girls Club Unit Director. “The children were so surprised when they walked into the club and saw Santa surrounded by a ton of gifts. Just seeing the smiles and hearing the laugh- ter in the room was the best gift of all — and thanks to the generosity of Georgia-Pacific employees — children are truly experiencing the excitement of the season.” This is the first year Diboll Particleboard employees col- lected Christmas gifts for the Boys and Girls Club of Diboll.

shoes for area children in need to food drives and opera- tion clean sweep that repairs homes for elderly or disabled residents, the Georgia-Pacific Foundation our its 1,800 East Texas employees know good business isn’t just about growth or production for our customers, it’s about creating value for our community.” Boys & Girls Club members Zakyah Parks, left, and Bailey White visit with Santa during a toy give away provided by em- ployees at Georgia-Pacific’s plant in Diboll, Texas.

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January 3, 2022

FBA Celebrates Another Successful Year In 2021 BY DENNIS COLLEY

FBA Board and Executive Committee were very engaged in identifying strategic issues facing the industry and FBA’s role in addressing them. In the end, 2021 was one of FBA’s most productive years for delivering results and value to its members. Here are a few highlights: • Monthly production reports were successfully transi- tioned to Quarterly Statistical Reports and more than 120 data services reports were generated on produc- tion/consumption/inventory and benchmarking opera- tions. • FBA introduced members to the new Box Segment De- mand Indicators Reportwhich provides member com- panies with macroeconomic and market segment data in graphs with accompanying bullet point information. • A new Cybersecurity Committee was established with 19 members. The committee led two cybersecurity training sessions, conducted a cybersecurity spend survey, and hosted a variety of cyberse- curity speakers.

As 2021 comes to a close, I want to thank Fibre Box As- sociation (FBA) members for their continued support and

encouragement. Each year has its own set of challenges and 2021 was no different. This past year, the cor- rugated industry’s top five issues included Covid-19, plastics substitu- tions, cybersecurity, extended pro- ducer responsibility (EPR) and supply chain concerns. As an association,

FBA looked to its member-driven standing committees to act on these issues and others in the areas of technical, safety, health, the environment, and data services. The Dennis Colley

• The technical committee completed its second research project analyzing cur- rent data to assess the Environmental Factors used by package designers. The pallet unitization research project exam- ined the impact of stacking patterns on top to bottom box compression (BCT). • A new edition of the Hazardous Mate- rials Packaging Training Program was developed for release in January 2022. The program trains corrugated industry Hazmat Employees with new training vid- eos, tests, and reference documents. • Customer (virtual) meetings were held with Amazon (2), Kroger (2), Walmart (2), Bolthouse Farms, Costco, IKEA, and Gen- eral Mills. • Data was collected for a new corrugated box Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). This fourth industry LCA is expected to be completed by December 2022. • Nine of 10 supplier partners renewed pledges for 2022-2024.Pledges support the Corrugated Industry Promotions Pro- gram extolling the benefits of corrugated packaging through advertising and social media. • In all, approximately 27 committee meet- ings were held. • 2021 financials were positive to budget. If additional information is needed on any of these topics, please reach out to me or the FBA team for assistance. On behalf of FBA’s staff, I wish everyone peace, joy and happiness during this holiday season. From my family to yours, Happy Holidays and Hap- py New Year!


January 3, 2022

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dustry’s achievement of a number of North American and world firsts in waste reduction and recycling. He served on various national and provincial task forces, boards, com- mittees, and councils, and became a widely respected blogger on environmental issues. Mullinder succeeded in publishing a few short stories and a book of blogs on environmental policy and recycling issues, but it was the widespread ignorance, misinforma- tion and confusion being disseminated on social media led him to write his first book, “Deforestation in Canada and Other Fake News” in 2018. Indeed, in his career working on environmental policy issues, Mullinder discovered a wide-open field of opportu- nity for those inclined to, in his words, “mislead, obscure, exaggerate, spin, lie and plain old BS. And it’s not always the sales and marketing types, it’s the environmental groups and governments, as well.” Ground-Truthing In “Little Green Lies,” Mullinder assembled almost 40 unique entries, arranged alphabetically for ease of refer- ence. There is a section of “key terms.” There are ample charts, graphs, photos and illustrations for those of us who like to see words supported by pictures. Of the almost 40 entries, Mullinder has made his best effort to “ground- truth” every single one of them with information sources provided in the end notes and key sources in the back of the book.

visiting his uncle’s farm. That the young Mullinder was duped by an older and smarter sibling can be forgiven. He was, after all, only five. But John the adult admits to learn- ing more from that “innocent little chomp-down” than one might expect: “Be wary of the con man and the smooth talker. And check out the apple pie first.” Scholar, Author, Environmentalist It can also be suggested that “Little Green Lies” was the book Mullinder -- the scholar, the author and the en- vironmentalist -- was preparing to write all his life. He was born and educated in new Zealand and graduated with a Master of Arts (Honours) degree in English from the Uni- versity of Canterbury Christchurch. He trained briefly as a teacher before setting off to see the world, backpack- ing and adventuring through the South Pacific, California, Mexico, and Central and South America. Upon his return to New Zealand, John ventured into journalism, first becoming a reporter with South Pacific Television and then Television New Zealand as a research- er/reporter on one of the country’s leading current affairs programs. During this time, he freelanced for a variety of international magazines before emigrating to Canada in the mid-1980s. There he was asked to lead an environ- mental council for the country’s paper packaging indus- try: PPEC. He knew nothing about packaging issues but learned quickly, and over the years coordinated the in-


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January 3, 2022

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tal claims being peddled by businesses, governments, and environmental groups today. The author doesnt pull his punches…the media’s lack of fact-checking is largely blamed for allowing so many ‘little green lies’ to prosper and spread. Urban myths are debunked, and you will nev- er look at forests, paper, recycling, or waste in exactly the same way again. You will also be better armed to analyze and challenge many of the false and misleading claims be- ing asserted in today’s so-called green marketplace.” AICC President Mike D’Angelo read the book and said: “This is a great read! Well organized, well documented, and well explained. I’m a 40-year veteran of the paper in- dustry and I learned a lot from this advanced reader copy. Mr. Mullinder calls out those with an agenda and sets the record straight regarding paper and the environment in an entertaining, reasonable, and inspiring way. Mark Twain is credited with writing that ‘a lie travels halfway around the world before the truth gets its shoes on.’ This book gives the truth a fighting chance.” My own review of “Little Green Lies” may have been too “descriptive” in its praise for Amazon to include in its entirety. The second paragraph in which I used the word “pornography” apparently deemed my review worthy of rejection. (I believe it was clearly taken out of context.) I resubmitted the first paragraph only and it was immedi- ately accepted, now waiting to be joined by readers of Board Converting News : I received and read a free ad-

Isn’t the fact that John Mullinder successfully packaged a wonderful volume of knowledge and truths you can use today to advocate for the industry we love reason enough to visit his website at and imme- diately buy “Little Green Lies and Other BS”?

If you need to read reviews before making your pur- chase, the book has its share of those too, no lie: An Ama- zon reviewer wrote, “This easy-to-read account highlights the overblown rhetoric, gross exaggeration, significant omissions, and blatant hypocrisy of many environmen-


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January 3, 2022

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