The federal and provincial government’s have invested $400,000 to Manitoba-based Prairie Pulp and Paper to support research and development of high-quality, eco-friendly paper made from agricultural crop byproducts.
“We just finished testing the first round of prototype paper (3,000 sheets) with commercial paper buyers across North America and they were very well received. It’s tree-free, chlorine-free paper manufactured completely from Manitoba straw and the market is excited about it,” says eco-entrepreneur Jeff Golfman, president and co-founder of Prairie Pulp and Paper. “The support of the provincial and federal governments will enable us to make the next leap to produce up to 200,000 sheets of paper for further testing with potential future customers.”
As the research and product development progresses through the next phases, the long-term goal of Prairie Pulp and Paper is to build North America’s first commercial scale non-wood pulp and paper mill in rural Manitoba. The future mill is expected to produce 200,000 tonnes of paper annually, create employment for 300 to 500 people, and would require a capital investment of approximately $600 million.
To date, the provincial and federal governments have invested $575,000 in Prairie Pulp and Paper through programs including Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council (MRAC), Sustainable Development Innovations Fund (SDIF), Technology Commercialization Program, and Agri-Food Research and Development Initiative.