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The Life Cycle of Paper at Warren Wilson College



Paper Mills

Warren Wilson College Supplies most of its printer/copier paper from two major paper companies.

  1. Domtar Paper
    • Domtar owns and operates pulp mills in the United States and Canada
    • Pulp then shipped from the pulp mill to one of ten paper mills.
    • Then paper must be shipped to the replenishment center in Charlotte, NC before it is shipped to WWC.
    • Paper travels about 400-1,000 miles to get to Warren Wilson College.
    • Has published a sustainable growth report.
    • 3/4 of the energy used at Domtar mills comes from renewable sources.
    • Has cut greenhouse gas emissions from continuing operations by 32% percent since 1990.
  2. Wausau Paper
    • 90,000 acres of timberland in northern Wisconsin (Pulp mills may or may not be in Wisconsin).
    • Paper mills in Michigan and Wisconsin
    • Distribution Centers in:
      • Illinois
      • Pennsylvania
      • California
      • Texas
    • Paper travels 1,000+ miles to reach WWC
    • FSC Certified
    • Green Seal Certified
    • Has published an environmental policy


Commercial Printing

THE OWL – Warren Wilson College

Office Paper

Print Shop

Rogue Campus Departments


Paper Towels




Paper is used on-campus by faculty, staff, and students in support of education. A paper reduction task force has been established on campus to reduce use.




* Quote from recycling: “During a normal month, we recycle 6,000-8,000 lbs of paper, so these numbers seem low.”