Future Project Site
Farmers in eastern Washington pay millions of dollars annually for the right to burn straw, an excess by-product from wheat farming, resulting in thousands of tons of greenhouse gas emissions. An obvious, low-cost raw material, wheat straw has eluded commercialization by the North American paper industry due to limitations of existing pulping technologies. Meanwhile, large organizations, including many consumer paper and packaged goods companies, are seeking ways to reduce the environmental impact of their supply chains. Columbia Pulp has a plan to connect the dots.
Columbia Pulp will build and operate a facility in eastern Washington using a proprietary process to profitably convert straw into three product streams. The pulping process has been proven and uses less chemicals, energy, and water than conventional pulping. Most notably, the process is conducted at atmospheric conditions and is “gentler” on the raw material resulting in a significant competitive advantage in terms of cost, product quality and environmental impact. In addition, the process produces quality pulp and creates valuable byproducts in the form of sugars and lignin.
Columbia Pulp’s business model and licensed proprietary process converts residual straw from a costly waste stream into useful products – ultimately providing competitive, environmentally leading supply chain solutions for our customers. Environmentally, the Company eliminates thousands of tons of air emissions and petrochemical demand.