International Paper extends its environment commitment

Organizes sapling plantation - GREEN WAVE

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, November 21, 2012 /India PRwire/ -- International Paper, through its group company - The Andhra Pradesh Paper Mills, today initiated a sapling plantation drive under the title 'Green Wave' at Rajahmundry. The first step towards improving the green cover in Rajahmundry started with school children planting saplings of Peltophorum on both sides of the road from The Andhra Pradesh Paper Mills facility up to Katheru village.

The plantation drive is an extension of International Paper's endeavor to augment the green cover and contribute to eco conservation. The activity aimed to enhance the knowledge of the children by explaining the importance of preserving the environment and planting more trees to reduce the impact of global warming. The children also learned about the importance of trees as a renewable resource for producing paper and packaging products that are part of our everyday lives. The event was attended by Mr.U. Arun Kumar, Honorable Member of Parliament, Mr. R. Suryaprakash Rao, MLA, Mr. M. Jitendra, Commissioner, Mr. S. Abraham, Deputy Educational Officer, Mr. G. Samarpana Kumar, Member of Indian National Congress, Mr. BSN Murthy, CEO - Echo Plants, Mr. D. Venkata Rao, Local Leader, leaders of other bodies, union leaders and senior staff.

On the occasion Ms. Seema Nallani, General Manager CSR - International Paper commented, "Environmental conservation and education is an operating philosophy for us. With this initiative we aim to create awareness about the importance of trees amongst the children and reiterate our commitment to the communities we operate in."

At International Paper, sustainability has been a foundation of the company for more than 110 years. Close to 80 percent of the trees serving the Indian pulp and paper market are sourced by individual tree farmers who own just a few acres of land. By providing seedlings, International Paper is introducing trees to a fiber-short market, creating local employment opportunities and generating much needed incremental income for landowners. To date, more than 1 billion seedlings have been planted by more than 40,000 tree farmers in India.

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About Andhra Pradesh Paper Mills Limited

The Andhra Pradesh Paper Mills Limited (APPAPER), a company of International Paper in India, is a leading manufacturer of pulp and paper products and caters to both domestic and foreign markets. Andhra Paper produces writing and printing and copier papers at its two manufacturing units in Andhra Pradesh, which have a total paper production capacity of 240,000 metric tons per year. The company is becoming a driving force in sustainability in the paper manufacturing arena in the world economy with sales of approximately US $160 million, focused social and community programs including its own pioneering work in raw material generation through social farm forestry and a very strong strategic growth focus. International Paper owns a majority interest in Andhra Paper and the remaining shares are publicly traded on the Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange in India. For more information on The Andhra Pradesh Paper Mills, please visit

About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a global paper and packaging company with manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia and North Africa. Its businesses include uncoated papers and industrial and consumer packaging, complemented by xpedx, the company's North American distribution company. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., the company employs approximately 70,000 people and is strategically located in more than 24 countries serving customers worldwide. International Paper net sales for 2011 were $26 billion. Temple-Inland Inc., which was acquired in February 2012, had 2011 net sales of $4 billion. For more information about International Paper, its products and stewardship efforts, visit

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