Arbor Day and Papermakers Day

Both dates are celebrated in September and have common motifs


September 20 is Papermakers Day. This date was established by the Sistema Sepaco de Saúde foundation in 1956, a health institute created to serve paper industry workers and their dependents.

While September 21 is Arbor Day. This date also marks the start of spring in Brazil and is aimed at raising awareness about the importance of this living being to the environment.

Celebrations of this day began in the late 19th century. That is because on April 10, 1872, Julius Sterling Morton, an American politician and journalist, planted a large number of trees in the state of Nebraska (USA). The occasion was known as “Arbor Day” and was an ecological milestone for the preservation of tree species.

Celebrated worldwide with the arrival of spring, many countries adapted the date based on the physical and climactic conditions of their regions. In Poland, for instance, celebrations take place on October 10; in Tanzania, on January 1.

The industry and forests – Eucalyptus is grown for use by the pulp and paper industry, making the process 100% recyclable and biodegradable. In Brazil, the rate of reuse for paper that can be recycled is, on average, approximately 60%.

Various environmentally responsible initiatives are carried out at International Paper Institute, protecting biodiversity and the environment. In addition to setting aside one hectare of earth for conserving regional plant and animal life and helping to preserve native forest, educational actions are done with kids and adolescents.

In 2016, the Environmental Education Program (EEP) prepared a variety of activities among students and teachers in Mogi Guaçu (SP) and Luiz Antônio (SP), a region where the program acts.

One of the initiatives involved over 3,000 people and consisted of showing the details of paper manufacturing. The aim was to demystify some concepts of the production process and show other company initiatives geared towards preserving the environment.  At IP alone, more than 16 million saplings are produced each year.

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