The Scout Books team visited Sonoco Paper Mill to witness the making of the 100% recycled chipboard stock we use in our shop. Located in Sumner, Washington, the 100+ year old Sonoco Paper Mill runs twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, transforming pizza boxes, old algebra textbooks and corrugated cardboard into chipboard. The scraps are loaded into what can only be described as a giant paper blender, and then filtered and refined to remove scraps of plastic, styrofoam and other particles. No chemicals or bleach are added. The resulting pulp is then pressed to remove most of the water content before being flattened into sheets.
We value partners like Sonoco, who help us ensure that our products are being made of high quality, sustainably sourced materials. It’s insightful for our team to visit our suppliers so that we’re knowledgeable about not just Scout Books, but the raw materials that come together to make them.
Thanks to the fine folks at Sonoco for the excellent tour!