Prairie Paper

Straw-based tree-friendly paper by Prairie Paper

Winnipeg, Manitoba


About Prairie Paper

Based in Winnipeg, this company is the industry leader in research, development and commercialization of tree-free pulp and paper. Phase one for the company is the manufacturing and importing of Step Forward Paper.  Phase two will include constructing a 100% tree-free, state-of-the-art, eco-mill in the Canadian prairies, where millions of tonnes of leftover straw are readily available.

Step Forward Paper is the first widely available straw-based copy paper in North America, made from 80% wheat straw fibre with 20% Forest Stewardship Council® certified wood fibre.

What sets Step Forward Paper apart from other papers made of agriculture-fibre waste (ag-fibre) in the North American market is that Prairie Paper’s product is higher-quality and more affordable. The paper is also more environmentally friendly.

We chose to become a Certified B Corporation to reaffirm our commitment to sustainable business practices. We are passionate about creating a sustainable future and are proud to join a community of like-minded businesses.

The Change We Seek®

Prairie Paper has been the industry leader in research, development and commercialization of tree-free pulp and paper for the past 15 years. Based in Winnipeg, the company is led by president Jeff Golfman and chairman Clayton Manness, who co-founded the company with Oscar nominated actor Woody Harrelson.

Between three and six billion trees are cut down each year. Approximately 50% of those trees are used to make paper. This creates tremendous pressure on the world’s ancient and endangered forests and threatens the species that rely upon those forests for survival.

With this in mind, Prairie Paper set out to create a new paradigm in the paper industry: tree-free paper.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

June 2013

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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  • "Woody Harrelson's Steps Forward to Eco-Entrepreneurship to Protect the Trees" The Huffington Post Go>>
  • "Woody Harrelson fights for the forests with his tree-free paper company" Mother Nature Network Go>>
  • "Woody Harrelson: Reinventing The Way Paper Is Made With Only 20% Wood" Forbes Go>>