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Every Part of the Tree

Every Part of the Tree

Published 02-08-22

Submitted by Georgia-Pacific

Cellulose is the main building block for the pulp and paper products we make at Georgia-Pacific. When creating this product, we aim to use every part of the tree to its best and highest purpose.

Water makes up almost half of every tree, which we capture and reprocess in evaporators and utilize in our mills. During harvesting, the majority of the limbs, branches, leaves, and needles remain in the forest to promote nutrient cycling. These materials and the bark from the harvested trees make up about 22% of the tree.

Other residuals from our processes include black liquor and other Pine Chemicals which make up approximately 20% and 1% of the tree, respectively. Black liquor is processed in a recovery boiler for bio energy and other cooking chemicals. Pine chemicals, like turpentine and crude tall oil, are also recovered and sold in the market. Sand and other inorganic materials make up less than 1% of the remaining tree.

And it doesn’t stop there! Once the fibers are created, we continue using them. From corrugated boxes to tissues and paper towels, we use a mix of recycled fibers and fresh fibers to produce the products you know and love.

Learn more about how GP reduces our environmental impact.

Watch Georgia-Pacific's Director of Sustainability, Consumer Products, Todd Wingfield discuss how Georgia-Pacific promotes sustainability.  

Learn more about Georgia-Pacific's Environmental and Sustainability work in their 2021 Stewardship Report.




Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, building products and related chemicals. Our familiar consumer brands include Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, Dixie®, enMotion®, Sparkle® and Vanity Fair®. Georgia-Pacific has long been a leading supplier of building products to lumber and building materials dealers and large do-it-yourself warehouse retailers. Its Georgia-Pacific Recycling subsidiary is among the world’s largest traders of paper, metal and plastics. The company operates more than 150 facilities and employs more than 30,000 people directly and creates approximately 89,000 jobs indirectly. For more information, visit: . For news, visit:

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