Academy Award-nominated actor Woody Harrelson has made a name for himself as a talented performer. He has starred in The Hunger Games , Zombieland, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Natural Born Killers, and Out of the Furnace. Despite being recognizable for his film performances, Harrelson is also an entrepreneur. In 1998, the actor co-founded Prairie Paper Ventures along with Jeff Golfman and Clayton Manness.
The purpose behind the company is to create paper using alternative resources such as wheat straw in place of trees. Harrelson explained, “Just know that two boxes of this paper saves one tree, so you can make a very real difference.”
According to Golfman, “We like to say the most remarkable thing about our paper is how unremarkable it actually is where our process is unique is in the formulas [and] recipes we’re using.”
The product is available through staples.com where a ream (composed of 80 percent wheat straw and 20 percent wood fiber) sells for $8.50.
Harrelson’s celebrity stature has benefited the company, and Golfman was quick to acknowledge the actor’s efforts. “We didn’t know each other before we were business partners.” Golfman said before adding, “Now he’s a dear friend, very instrumental to the whole thing.”
According to Prairie Paper’s official website, “Prairie Paper was selected as the winner of the 2013 COPA Eco-Friendly Product Award of Excellence. This award recognizes a new or significantly improved product that shows marked ability to invest it with a new form to promote significant aspects of a range of eco-friendly principles.”
The website details additional honors such as the following: “At the 2013 Canadian Printing Awards, Prairie Paper was awarded silver in two categories; Most Environmentally Progressive Vender and Most Environmentally Friendly Printing Technology.”
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