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Mercredi, 17 Janvier 2018
Check Your Paper

Arjowiggins Graphic products in WWF database of eco-rated paper products : 'Check your paper'

On January 31st, Gilles Lhermitte (Sustainable Development Manager – Arjowiggins Graphic) attended the WWF launch of a global benchmarking tool for pulp and paper products at PaperWorld in Frankfurt, Germany.

Check Your Paper is an online database to help paper buyers find products with the lowest environmental impact. The tool rates the environmental quality of the paper-making process for a given product, including how well forests supplying fibre are managed, use of recycled fibre, fossil CO2 emissions, waste going to landfills and water pollution from mills.

Paper products posted on the official list have been audited by third-party certification bodies to ensure high credibility.
Check Your Paper at the same time allows pulp and paper manufacturers to voluntarily rate and post their products’ environmental impacts online. You can view the Arjowiggins Graphic papers environmental performance at:

All the Arjowiggins Graphic products submitted achieved ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ results and were measured out of a possible 100. Cyclus and Eural were rated ‘excellent’ while Cocoon, Maine gloss green, Satimat green and MCS (Maine gloss, Chromomat and Satimat) were rated ‘good’.

We believe this new database will help paper buyers choose the most environmentally friendly papers on the market. WWF invites all paper buyers to check the tool before purchasing and encourage other paper-makers to join Check Your Paper,” says Rodney Taylor, Forest Director, WWF International.

We encourage transparency and are delighted that WWF have given buyers the opportunity to see how products perform when looking at the environmental quality of the paper-making process for a given product. All our papers in Check Your Paper were rated excellent or good, emphasising that environmental responsibility is at the heart of the Arjowiggins Graphic approach.” Gilles Lhermitte, Sustainable Development Manager, Arjowiggins Graphic.

Globally, paper consumption is on the rise, with an expected increase from the current rate of 400 million tons annually to 450-500 million tons by 2020. Without a higher standard of environmental performance across the industry, this level of consumption will leave an unacceptably large environmental impact on the planet.
In order to earn the maximum five stars in WWF’s Check Your Paper, the paper product shall have:
  • positive impacts on forests, and contain high proportions of post-consumer recycled fibre and/or
  • virgin fibre originating from credibly certified, well managed forests.
  • reduced contributions to climate change through use of recycled fibre, responsible forest management and
  • minimising CO2 emissions from fossil fuels in the manufacturing process, and, indirectly, emissions of CO2 and methane from degrading waste in landfills
  • close to zero water pollution through reduction of organic water pollution and
  • reduced water pollution from bleaching, through promotion of unbleached or totally chlorine-free bleached products.
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