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French Paper Company and the Environment

French Paper Company has long been known as a pioneer in recycled paper manufacturing. Unlike other American paper mills, French is powered by fully renewable hydroelectric generators installed in 1922 (and saving over one million barrels of fossil fuel to date).


  • No Fossil Fuels

    French Paper Company’s hydro generators were installed in 1922, long before it was PC or made good PR. French has conserved over 1,000,000 barrels of fossil fuels to date.

  • On-Site Green Energy

    Competitor wind power claims are merely the purchase of secondhand wind power credits. French makes green energy on-site, without adding costs that get passed on to customers.

  • No Carbon Dioxide Emissions

    By using hydropower for over 85 years, French Paper has avoided the release of more than 700,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere alone.

  • Power Supplied to the Community

    French produces surplus energy for the local utility, supplying power to the community. (The French generators have produced enough watts to keep a light on for 500 billion hours.)

  • No Coal Pollution

    French’s CO2 savings are equivalent to the use of over 4,878,049 lbs of coal. Coal pollutes the air we breathe with nitrogen oxides and often destroys the land from which it is mined.

  • Organic, Recycled Paper

    Pioneers in recycled papers, French offers many environmental paper choices: organic, recycled, post-consumer waste, acid free, lignin free, soy ink compatible, and FSC ® certified.