Facts about sustainable packaging
Is recycled paper really as environmentally friendly as we think?
In the past, it was criticized that the extra energy consumed in recycling minimizes the savings in using recycled paper compared to unbleached paper. However, evaluations by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Alliance for Environmental Innovation show clear environmental benefits for recycled paper:
- 27% less power consumption
- 47% less greenhouse gases
- 33% less paper waste
- 54% less waste
Which certificates should you pay attention to?
In the 1990s, organizations began to certify companies meeting established standards for sustainable forestry. Two of these organizations are the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. You can rest assured that paper comes from a responsible source if it is FSC ® or SFI certified (while SFI is less known in Europe).