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recycling is natural

forests and the
greenhouse effect

unsustainable forestry

landfill and the
throwaway society

a more
positive image

 

 
paper = trees?

beginning of wood pulp

papermaking by hand, c.1790
papermaking
by hand, c.1790
 

recycling symbol
what is
recycled paper?

the ABCD system

using the
ABCD classification

The need
for standards

Blue Angel

Our
Environment Rating

5-star
 

         

 
The need for standards

Not all recycled papers are equal - some are better for the environment than others.

The problem is that the paper industry has been inseparable from the forestry industry for the last 150 years, and together they have resisted the use of recycled fibre in papermaking

Descriptions such as ‘paper from sustainable forestry’ and ‘managed woodlands’ (which actually mean ‘continuing the bad old ways’) are purely marketing ploys created to mislead uninformed consumers.

Since the National Association of Paper Merchants (NAPM) abandoned the general use of the ABCD system of categorising the recycled fibre content of papers there has been no coherent systems of standards in the UK, which makes it very difficult for consumers and suppliers to know what the paper really consists of, and therefore its true environmental credentials. The FSC mark has no contribution to make in this, because recycling is not seen as being in the interests of the forestry industry it was set up to protect.
 

Blue Angel symbolBlue Angel

The German ‘Blue Angel’mark is awarded to a wide range of consumer items, but when awarded to a paper it specifically indicates that it has the highest environmental credentials, on a 'cradle-to-grave' basis.

This means that it has to be environmentally sound in its manufacture, its use and its suitability for recycling. It must contain a minimum of 51% category C and/or D waste.

It is the only current certification which takes account of the type of recycled fibre used in the manufacture of paper.
 

environmental ratingOur environmental star rating

In the absence of any generally accepted standard for assessing the content of recycled paper, our environmental rating will help you make informed choices when buying recycled paper products. It uses a 'scoring' system which focusses on the 'post-consumer waste' content and favours category D waste because this is the largest and most easily reclaimed potential source of recycled fibre.

5-star

80 - 100% post-consumer waste

 

 

4-star

over 50% post-consumer waste

 

 

3-star

less than 50% post-consumer waste

 

 

2-star

pre-consumer and mill waste only

All papers we sell contain 100% recycled fibre as defined in the ABCD categories, unless otherwise stated, and is your assurance that we care as much about the impact of what you are buying as you do.
 

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Recycled Paper Supplies - the very best in recycled paper and stationery products