6 questions about Paper Industry and Ecology
When filling the needs for workplace supplies, Lyreco pays close attention to offering ecological alternatives to regular products. We look for those which are natural, renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. That’s why we offer products with a number of environmental certificates and labels.
Ecology and sustainability in the printing industry
Ecology has been a hot topic in the paper industry for several years.
Rarely do people even realize that “ordinary” paper contains only 3% cellulosic fibres (i.e. wood pulp). The remaining materials are the substances used for binding, coloring and coating. Let`s answer some of the pressing questions about the paper industry:
There are multiple variations of paper – the so called “synthetic paper” contains no cellulose whatsoever. However it is estimated that 1 tree makes 16.5 reams of copy paper or 8,333 sheets.
Paper is produced from various types of wood. Mainly after being rejected by the furniture and construction industry. Every cellulose has different qualities. FSC Certification assures that a given product comes from responsibly managed forests.
Recycled paper is made from the wastepaper- previously processed fibres. Sadly, wastepaper contains the mixture of dyes, primers, stickies and pigments. Before further manufacturing, it needs to be properly cleaned. For example bleached or mixed with glue to support fibres.
Environmental benefits of this kind of paper derive from the recycling component.
However, the final product is far less eco-friendly. Its harmful effect on the environment are much greater compared to the production of virgin paper from raw materials certified by the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.
In other words, eco-certified papers reduces the environmental impact from production to the ultimate disposal. Recycled paper does not fulfil all these criteria, however it offers opportunities for waste paper reprocessing.
If no water spent for production of paper is reused and re-circulated, a plant may use as much as 300 - 400 liters of water to make 1 Kg of paper. In North America and Europe, most of water efficient plants use 10 to 25 liters of water per Kg of paper.
Some plants reuse water throughout various stages of the paper-making process, sometimes returning up to 90% back into the water system.
Interestingly, all paper even in dry form contains 2 to 10% water, depending on temperature and relative humidity.
The price reflects an incredibly complex and painstaking production process that employs a broad spectrum of certified cellulose. Paper mills abide by the sets of guidelines, certification requirements, as well as innovative solutions implemented to reduce heat water and power consumption.
Paper made from orange peels?
A portion of cellulose can surely be replaced by fully biodegradable organic materials.
Yes it exists! Thanks to an alternative paper production process which substitutes the cellulosic fibres with natural resources. These can be fruit and vegetable waste which would otherwise be tossed.
Don't just stop at the paper itself, focus on products that use raw materials from responsible sources.
Search for certificates as the main lead.
There are several ECO products in our portfolio worthy of highlighting from cartridges, hygiene through catering and office supplies.
FROM TO DO...TO DONE
Esselte Lever Arch File, now Climate Neutral, is a broadly sought after and recommended office essential. The highest quality coming in different vibrant colours, this product is also made of recycled paper. The cardboard used in this arch files is certified with the Blue Angel and FSC®- certification.
Climate neutral certification includes:
- the Measurement of the carbon footprint,
- its Reduction by Lean Production Model
- and a Compensation of remaining emissions by investing in a certified forest protection project.
Protecting the Amazon- Climate Compensation Project
Location: Madre de Dios – Peru
One of the largest areas with the highest biodiversity in the world. In addition to endangered species, some uncontacted peoples live here.
However, their valuable habitat is threatened by the Transamazônica road construction project across Brazil and Peru. This favours immigration into the ecologically sensitive area and associated developments such as agriculture and livestock breeding.
This leads to massive deforestation, as can be seen from the finished part of the road in Brazil. Since 2009, Esselte climate protection project has been protecting an area of 100,000 hectares and helping local communities to manage it sustainably.