At Double A, sustainability begins with using sustainably grown trees, which mitigates global warming. We source only certified wood or wood from special fast-growing trees called Double A Paper-Tree.
In the Regions where the farming takes place, this sustainable sourcing method also creates positive engagement with the local communities enabling local farmers to earn additional income by growing Double A Paper-Tree in vacant spaces between their rice paddies.
More than 50% of Thailand’s space is devoted to agriculture. Yet farmers maintain unused land between the rice paddies for walking the field, known as KHAN-NA. Being a part to support growing Double A Paper-Tree on KHAN-NA program, we give farmer families additional income, and precious shade. The trees help with climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. In this way, we protect the world’s existing natural forests, too.
We convert every bit of waste from our pulping process – wood bark, knotted wood, chips, lignin and sludge – into renewable biomass fuel. So our manufacturing process is fully self-sufficient. We generate electricity for the local power plant, which in turn powers the mill and supplies enough energy for 400,000 people. What’s more, we convert carbon dioxide from the power and recovery plant into precipitated calcium carbonate – an ingredient that we use to produce our premium paper – thereby cutting our greenhouse gas emissions.
Emerald Lake, our 35 million cubic metre reservoir, collects rainfall and stores up precious reserves during the rainy season. We use this water to power our mills, care for our trees and supply local communities and factories. We also squeeze excess water out of the paper pulp during the manufacturing process so it can be recycled, we use a special dry process to make wood chips, and we leverage technology to use as little water as possible.
We’re dedicated to bettering the lives of people in the communities who share their home with us.
Farmers use their KHAN-NA, otherwise vacant land, to grow trees – providing all-important shade, absorbing carbon dioxide, releasing oxygen and bringing in a reliable additional income stream. The electricity we generate in our plant powers local villages, and our rainwater reservoir provides water.
At Double A, we also spearhead school funding programs by planting trees on unused land around schools. We then buy back the trees once they’re mature, and schools use the money to buy educational supplies and upgrade classrooms.
Our goal is to better the communities we serve, both in Thailand and around the world.
We make every effort to exceed the expectations of our key shareholders – government bodies, non-profits, NGOs, banks and financial institutions, trading partners, employees, customers and the community.
By helping farmers earn more income, providing much-needed funds for schools and offering global employment opportunities, we’re doing our bit for economic growth and sustainability.