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ALGONQUIN, IL, August 24, 2005 --/WORLD-WIRE/--
The Chlorine Free Products Association today announced results of a four year review of five Cascades Tissue Group Mills. The results show a decrease in carbon gas releases, a reduction in fresh water and energy use per ton of product and continued investments to improved environmental performance. All told the average ranking for the five mills combined increased 18%. The average ranking on the Sustainability Index (SI) improved from 927 in 2001 to 1093 in 2005 out of a possible 1350 points.

The review began in 2001 when Cascades Tissue Group the fourth largest tissue & towel producer, adopted SMMI TCF/PCF {Sustainable Manufacturing & Marketing Initiative} certification. SMMI Auditors completed full mill audits setting a baseline in five locations as the teams measured water and energy consumption, carbon gas releases, filed a chain of custody for all fibers, and reviewed corporate social and economic performance.

Environmental protection is an integral part of Cascades Inc mission, their environmental management program is one of the most comprehensive, stringent and innovative in the pulp and paper industry. ‘It is a privilege and honor to congratulate Cascades Tissue Group and the mill management for their open door policy. Cascades not only utilized third party accountability under the SMMI principles but also provided the reports and received: EcoLogo from Environmental Choice and the Green Restaurant Association endorsement. This sends a clear message to the market, No one measures up to this commitment of protecting our natural resources: fresh water, energy, forests, clean air, families and future generations.’ said Archie J. Beaton-Executive Director, ‘They have the third party documentation to prove it’.

“At Cascades Tissue Group, environmental protection is an integral part of our mission. Our goal is to minimize the impact of the paper production on the environment and even improve it over the years, as the recent CFPA audits demonstrate. We implement specific programs that preserve and respect our most precious resources. For this reason, we are proud to have our mills certified by the CFPA, whose criteria are strict, not only regarding chlorine usage but also fiber sources, water, and energy consumption," said Jocelyne Pinsonneault, Vice President of Marketing.

The SMMI audit screens and validates performance in environmental, social corporate and financial responsibility. Providing accountantability, indexing and a measurable way for the mills to reach their sustainability goals and consumers a way to identify their products. No matter where the paper is produced: China, Canada, Brazil, Sweden, or the US the measurements are the same. We must conserve our water, our natural resources and commit to creating a sustainable life for all. We cannot accomplish that if we focus too narrowly on one issue.

About Cascades Inc:
Founded in 1964, Cascades Inc. is a North American leader in the production, converting and marketing of packaging products, fine paper and tissue paper. Internationally, the Cascades Group employs more than 15,000 people and operates some 140 modern and versatile operating units located in Canada, the United States, Mexico, France, England, Germany and Sweden.

Cascades recycles more than 2.5 million tons of paper and board annually, supplying the majority of its fiber requirements. Leading-edge de-inking technology, sustained research and development, and more than 40 years of experience in recycling are all distinctive strengths that enable Cascades to manufacture innovative value-added products. Cascades' common shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CAS.

About Chlorine Free Products Association:
Founded in 1993 the Chlorine Free Products Association (CFPA), headquartered in Algonquin, Ill, is an internationally recognized not-for-profit standards and accreditation association dedicated to environmental concerns within the pulp and paper industry. CFPA is a leader in acknowledging the need for third party chain of custody for raw materials, audits of processes and working toward promoting certified sustainable manufacturing process and products. The standards have been set under the Sustainable Manufacturing and Marketing Initiative (SMMI) guidelines, and CFPA uses this unique tool to certify against and provide real environmental value to the marketplace. CFPA has no financial interest in any manufacturer or company of the products it certifies.

Chlorine Free Products Association
Archie Beaton
Algonquin, IL 60102

Cascades Tissue Group
Isabelle Faivre
Candiac, Québec, Canada

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