We've said it before, but it bears repeating: We don't cut down trees to make Crane 100% cotton stationery. Crane's papers are made from 100% recovered cotton fibers. These fibers are almost pure cellulose, as compared to those from trees, which are less than half. This means that cotton fibers require fewer chemicals and produce far less waste than papers made from trees. And, cotton fibers make the finest paper in the world.
All manufacturing processes operate with environmental consequences. The challenge is to minimize our footprint on the environment and continuously search for ways to improve. Long before it became fashionable or required by law, we took aggressive and expensive measures to reduce our impact on the environment. Over the years, our pollution-prevention efforts have been recognized by environmental organizations and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as being at the forefront of the industry. We created our first wastewater treatment facility in the 1950s and have upgraded its capabilities continuously to keep the Housatonic River running clear and clean.
Despite our relatively small size, we have full-time staff devoted to waste minimization, chemical reduction and substitution, water and energy reduction, and renewable energy research. As a matter of fact, 70% of the energy used to make paper in Dalton comes from municipal waste. The waste fibers from our papermaking processes are not sent to landfills, nor are they burned. We compost them with municipal leaf and yard waste to create topsoil for land reclamation projects.
Crane is a family-owned company, doing business in the same location for over 200 years — a community in which generations of our families continue to live and work. It's our home. We do our best to keep it neat and clean.