Sugar Sheet Paper Alternative Now Available to UBC at Reduced Rate

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Sugar sheet is a paper alternative that is manufactured using recycled sugarcane waste fibre. This “tree-free” product looks, performs, and feels just like paper — as well as being completely recyclable.

Five years ago UBC’s Student Housing and Hospitality Services (SHHS) unit began piloting the use of sugar sheet as the primary source of paper for their operations. Because of the great success of their transition, the Strategic Sourcing team in Financial Operations began negotiating a special product rate with Staples Business Advantage so that Sugar Sheet copy paper could be purchased at a comparable rate to 30% recycled paper. We’re pleased to announce that Sugar Sheet is now available for UBC account holders at the special price of $47.40 per carton, or $43.37 per carton if ordering in bulk (4+ cartons), which is comparable to the price of traditional 30% recycled paper.

“UBC’s Climate Action Plan sets out a bold strategy to reduce GHG emissions and address the impacts of climate change,” said Victoria Wakefield, purchasing manager with UBC’s Student Housing and Hospitality Services unit. “UBC has set an aggressive target of 67% reduction by 2020 and we can all contribute to reaching this goal. Together, by making these incremental changes we can have a big impact and will help the campus reach its targets.”

Every two boxes of Sugar Sheet copy paper used (as an alternative to regular paper) saves one tree and reduces approximately 60 kg of CO2 emissions. In addition, the product is:

  • Durable
  • Bright
  • Safe to use for double-sided printing
  • Not prone to jamming
  • Acid free
  • Looks, performs, and feels just like traditional paper
  • Completely recyclable

If you’re interested in taking advantage of the opportunity to switch to sugar sheet, visit the Staples Business Advantage vendor page to learn more.

More information about considering the environment when purchasing your office paper is available in the Sustainable Purchasing Guide.