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  • Ford reduces use of virgin paper in favor of recycled content to deliver environmental benefits
  • Ford is using paper from recycled content and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for its high-volume, consumer and employee printing projects, including its latest annual report and proxy statement; owner, employee and retiree magazines; dealership car catalogs, consumer direct mail and in-dash vehicle owner’s guides
  • During the past year, Ford has used more than 12 million pounds of recycled content paper rather than virgin paper
  • By using FSC-certified paper, Ford is supporting a range of sustainable benefits, such as reducing waste to landfills and ensuring that paper pulp is not harvested from endangered rainforest timber

DEARBORN, Mich., May 12, 2010 – In the past year, Ford Motor Company has reduced its use of paper made exclusively from virgin sources by 6,000 tons – the equivalent of a loaded freight train with two locomotives and 100 cars.

Those results were achieved through an increased use of paper from recycled content instead of virgin sources for all high-volume, consumer and employee printing projects. Beginning this year, about 2.2 million Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicle owner’s manuals will be printed annually in the U.S. on paper containing at least 10 percent recycled fiber and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The effort supports Ford’s comprehensive sustainability strategy.

"Increasing the use of recycled paper may sound like a small step for an automotive company, but the results have been anything but small," said John Viera, Ford’s director of Sustainability and Environmental Policy. "Ford is working to educate our employees, designers, printers and suppliers on the value of using FSC-certified paper and incorporating it into all of our projects."

The initiative has translated into several environmental benefits that helped save trees, reduce water and energy use, and lower CO2 emissions. These initiatives include:

  • More than 12,000 trees preserved. Experts say 12,000 mature trees absorb 3 million pounds of CO2 annually and produce enough oxygen to support 24,000 humans
  • Nearly 5.2 million gallons of waste water flow saved. That’s more than the total amount used by 200 average American households in a year
  • Nearly 600,000 pounds of solid waste not generated. That’s approximately the total amount of waste generated everyday by 130,000 average Americans
  • More than 1.1 million pounds net greenhouse gases prevented. That’s approximately the total amount of emissions produced annually by 76 average American homes
  • More than 8.6 billion BTUs of energy not consumed. That’s nearly what the average American household uses for air conditioning each year.

According to the FSC, the U.S. is the largest market for paper products in the world, producing 90 million tons of paper annually and, in turn, consuming about 100 million tons. Using FSC-certified paper requires that wood products be sustainably handled from the forest where they were harvested to the pulp purchased by the paper mill and to the printer that manufactures the end project.

By using FSC-certified paper, Ford is supporting a range of sustainable benefits, such as reducing waste to landfills and ensuring that paper pulp is not harvested from endangered rainforest timber. Plus, FSC paper is produced domestically, supporting U.S. jobs. The FSC paper used by Ford is labeled as such in an ongoing effort to reinforce employee and consumer awareness of sustainable printing practices.

"Implementing our new paper strategy required changing the perceptions people had about FSC-certified paper being more expensive or not as readily available to printers," said Nicole DesNoyer, who led a small group, including key suppliers and Ford’s Communications, Purchasing and Sustainability departments to advance the transition to recycled and certified sustainable paper. "The support there has been to make the change shows how serious Ford project managers and their suppliers are about incorporating sustainability actions to help create a better world."

In addition to reducing the amount of virgin paper the company uses, Ford employees have made a conscious effort to reduce overall paper use and increase paper recycling.

Ford’s corporate sustainability strategy encompasses a wide range of efforts, such as the improved energy efficiency of its facilities around the world, the reduction of CO2 emissions of its vehicles, and accelerated development of more fuel-efficient and alternative-fuel vehicles. For additional information, see Ford’s Blueprint for Sustainability at


About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 176,000 employees and about 80 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and, until its sale, Volvo. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit

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