Cascades to launch food waste bag made of 100% recycled fibers to promote composting; bag features double layer to prevent leakage, has 30 lb. capacity for wet leaves, 150 lb. capacity for dry weight

KINGSEY FALLS, Quebec , April 19, 2012 (press release) – Cascades is launching a food waste bag made of 100% recycled fibres. These paper bags, manufactured in Canada, consist of a double layer to prevent leakage. This bag completes its collection of ecological household products, including yard waste bags which came out last September. Cascades bags are not only compostable*, they are also EcoLogo-certified.

Since its beginnings, Cascades has been committed to the transformation of recycled materials as a means of waste reduction. The food waste bag was created to promote composting and encourage people to adopt this sustainable practice, keeping in mind Quebec's waste materials management policy to recycle 60% of organic matter by the year 2015. For those at Cascades, composting is a practise that, in addition to recycling, allows us to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.

If every family in a small city of 10,000 homes used two 100% recycled food waste bags, rather than bags made of virgin fibers, every week for a year, the cutting of more than 660 trees, about the size of two football fields, would be avoided.

Yard Waste Bags

Yard waste bags may be filled with yard trimmings and dead leaves, even if they're wet! These paper bags are the perfect alternative to non-biodegradable plastic bags. They have a 30 lb. capacity for wet leaves and can withstand 150 lb. of dry weight.

Outlets

These bags may be purchased online at Boutique Cascades and in Canac hardware stores in Quebec.

*According to standards ASTM D6400 and ASTM D6868.


Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibres. The Company employs more than 12,000 employees, who work in more than 100 units located in North America and Europe. With its management philosophy, half a century of experience in recycling, and continuous efforts in research and development as driving forces, Cascades continues to serve its clients with innovative products. Cascades' shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange, under the ticker symbol CAS.

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