During the COVID-19 crisis, paper manufacturer Domtar is donating diapers to needy families.

Domtar is one of the world’s largest producers of sustainable wood fiber used to make paper, tissue, towels, diapers, personal hygiene items and fiber-reinforced materials. Of particular importance during the corona virus pandemic is the production of medical grade papers used to package COVID-109 test kits. Domtar is also gearing up to meet increasing demands for absorbent hygiene materials, a company spokesperson notes, and is donating some 1 million diapers to various community service banks to provide to families in need during these difficult times.

While it had to temporarily idle two mills that made products for schools and offices which are currently closed due to sheltering at home, Domtar is considered an essential service during the pandemic and all other facilities are operating without disruption. According to a Domtar spokesperson, “Our products are particularly important during this health crisis to help patients affected by COVID-19, as well as the medical professionals who treat them. They are needed by children and adults who use diapers, and households that use tissues, wipes, and other materials. Our paper products are required to facilitate important communications across the country through essential government organizations such as the United States Postal Service as well as financial institutions and other essential businesses. Many of our specialty paper products are integral to the food industry, including the serving, processing and packaging of a variety of food items.”

Of course a primary concern is keeping Domtar employees and their families safe and healthy. “We are cleaning and sanitizing work sites, including equipment and break-rooms, and maintaining necessary supplies for safety and health,” notes a company spokesperson. “In addition, we are limiting and screening visitors at all of our sites, and we are following CDC guidelines to have employees stay home if they or their family members exhibit coronavirus-related symptoms. We are modifying work practices to maintain social distancing — modified shift turnover practices, revised daily meeting formats and the use of ‘non-contact’ receiving and shipping methods. Keeping some workers at home helps with social distancing and reduces the number of overall people in an area at the same time. Naturally, we are monitoring and complying with all federal and state governmental guidance and directives.”