I follow several forestry products companies because I beleive that investing in these companies is one of the safest ways to invest incellulosic ethanol: you’re investing in the feedstock, not the technology, so you do not need to pick the winning technology in a developing field (always a risky proposition.) We are starting to see the advantages of owning the feedstock over the means of processing today with corn ethanol. (also see VentureBeat; thanks for the link, Gav)
The forestry/paper I follow are the ones who are the most devoted to getting their forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (which I see as a good proxy for environmental responsibility in forestry. ) I’ve written about this before in Peak Oil Review.
One of the companies I follow, Domtar has just launched an antimicrobial office paper. A great gift for the germ-phobe writer in your life. Or, more practically, for use in hospitals. I thought it was worth blogging, even if it’s a bit off topic. Anything that can reduce hospital infections is a wonderful idea, since microbes in hospitals are often immune to antibiotics.