APP's pledge on Indonesia's forests brings hope

Teguh Ganda Wijaya, Indonesian chairman of Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). APP has committed itself not to establish further plantations or develop peatland on forested land. Photo: AFP

Last week, one of the biggest paper companies in the world announced a new forest conservation policy that, if implemented, will end the company's long and controversial history of deforestation. Asia Pulp & Paper has pulp and paper mills both in Indonesia and in China, and is one of several companies that together dominate the China and Hong Kong paper market.

Tuesday, 12 February, 2013, 2:45am

Briefs, February 6, 2013

A royal barge carries the ashes on the Mekong. Photo: AP

The companion of an Indian medical student who died after being gang-raped identified the bus on which the attack took place as he testified in the trial of five adults accused of her murder. 

6 Feb 2013 - 5:31am

Pulp firm set loose in Tasmania's old forests

The Australian government yesterday approved a controversial Tasmanian timber pulp mill that critics say will devastate the island state's forests and pollute the environment.

5 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Authorities block sale of forest in Yunnan

The mainland's forestry watchdog has intervened to stop the world's biggest paper maker buying a majority stake in a provincial timber company, cautioning against a cheap sell-off of more than 66,000 hectares of state-owned forest.

8 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Lee & Man buys used machines to boost supply

Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing plans to strengthen its raw material supply by buying used pulp machines from a failed Canadian factory, and taking all external sales for its own use.

16 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

International pulp friction fuels fears for forests

Chinese proudly lay claim to being the first to invent paper as we know it today, as one of the Middle Kingdom's so-called 'Four Great Inventions' (the others being printing, gunpowder and the compass).

20 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Couple with fake $100 bills held

A couple have been arrested in Shamshuipo on suspicion of producing forged $100 banknotes, police said yesterday.

They said the pair - a man aged 29 and his 21-year-old girlfriend - were arrested as they carried a tin containing 430 counterfeit Standard Chartered Bank $100 bills in Yu Chau Street late on Wednesday night.

5 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Ask mr Brain...all will be explained

How is paper made and why do newspapers turn yellow? Paper, made usually from plant fibre but also from cotton rags and other fibrous materials, was invented in China around 105 AD, where it was made from a mixture of bark and hemp.

22 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Simple measures can help protect resources

Environmental problems are everywhere, but how often do we think of our role in causing those ecological tragedies?

25 May 1999 - 12:00am

Norwegian pulp venture formed

Norway's Borregaard Ligno Tech has set up a joint venture pulp mill in Jilin province to produce concrete additives, the China Daily reported yesterday.

The mill will start production in July, initially at 22,000 tonnes of lignin-based products a year.

15 May 1996 - 12:00am

Turning wood into paper

ABOUT 40 per cent of the paper we use today comes from trees. These trees are chopped down, and cut into small pieces, chip-sized. Lots of chemicals are poured onto the wood chips to turn them into pulpy mush. The chemicals are drained off or evaporated and the resins are burned to make energy.

25 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

Misleading arguments

I APPRECIATE Mr Tsang's quick response (South China Morning Post, November 30) to my letter urging the Government to switch to recycled paper.

However, some of his points are dangerously misleading.

8 Dec 1993 - 12:00am

Recycling looks good on paper

I REFER to Bill Leverett's letter ''Government must take initiative'' (South China Morning Post, November 24).

The question of whether to use recycled paper in Government is not a simple matter. It involves considerations of quality, cost and environmental impact.

30 Nov 1993 - 12:00am

Jane makes sheaves from scraps

TURNING leftovers into something wonderful, Julia Child once remarked, is the test of a good cook.

Julia, meet Jane Burrell.

The Hong Kong resident has a way with onion skins and leeks, choi sum and pumpkin that isn't found in any cookbook. The British-born artist turns vegetable scraps into paper.

21 Oct 1993 - 12:00am

Free lecture and display on papermaking

AFTER a three-month exploration in papermaking with plant materials, artist Jane Burell will be able to showcase her beautiful finished artworks and share with the audience her successful experience in a lecture on Saturday at 2 pm at the Hongkong VisualArts Centre.

15 Jan 1993 - 12:00am