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Johannesburg, 20 February 2014 – Mondi Group and WWF International announced today that they will work together in a three-year strategic partnership that focuses on increasing environmental stewardship in the packaging and paper sectors. Continue reading
The beauty of working with paper is that each creation can be unique. Whether it is for a birthday card, a get well card or a Valentine’s card, making your own cards, can be therapeutic and fun.
Here are five tips to get you started. The rest is all up to you.
- Take a trip to your local stationery shop. Buy some coloured paper and board that preferably carries a mark of certification (FSC, PEFC or SFI). This will assure you that the paper has come through a sustainable process, from the forest to production. (Don’t forget the glue, stamps and stickers)
- You don’t need to spend money either – hunt around the house and gather up old newspapers and magazines.
- Browse the internet for ideas, from origami heart envelopes to paper heart chains.
- Look up your favourite love poem, line from a movie or song. Print or write it out. Maybe you print a photo that means something to the both of you.
- Find a comfortable, quiet spot, sit down with a cup of tea, put on some music…. Revel in this moment and channel your inner artist
Send us a photo of your paper creations to firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @PaperRocks_SA.
“Paper? But this is the digital, paperless age and we are trying to go green,” we hear you say. Yes, it is the digital age where e-cards and text
messages abound, but you are very wrong if you think paperless is the greener way to go. Continue reading
Pointing to the “tendency on the part of paper to take the place of everything else, to become a universal substitute, so to speak,” a journalist concluded in 1881 “that the future had a grand development in store for it.” Continue reading
Sustainability and competitiveness have to go hand in hand for industry to excel. The European paper industry is a leading example of this. Reducing raw material consumption makes both sustainable and economic sense. Using residues from papermaking to produce renewable energy is also a good example. Turning residues from recycling operations into useful products is part of the circular economy that the planet needs to achieve. (Extract from the foreword)
The sustainability report is guided by the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines and maintains the B+ requirements with A+ being the highest possible ranking.The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) provides standardised criteria which public and private bodies can use to benchmark, chart and report progress in their activities from economic, environmental and social perspectives.
Plenum provided third party assurance to the report. CEPI assimilates information and aggregates data from 2011 and 2012 voluntarily provided by companies and member organisations, and it is complemented by CEPI research. CEPI is confident that the process is fully inclusive, transparent and stands up to scrutiny. The main audiences for this report are European institutions and NGOs. The pulp and paper industry should equally make good use of the facts and figures included here.
This is our sixth Sustainability Report. With each version we improve our reporting. Stakeholder involvement includes face-to-face discussions and regular meetings in several networks and fora. In response to feedback from a specially organised stakeholder meeting, we decided to provide more information on forestry and raw materials as well as describe more of the challenges our industry faces.
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For further information:
Teresa Presas, Dr HC, CEPI Managing Director, Daniela Haiduc, Communications and Public Affairs Manager. Subject areas in this report can be found further discussed and explained at www.cepi.org
The leaflet, produced by Cepi, outlines how the cluster of industries which form the print media value chain – papermaking, paper converting, printing and publishing – are valuable contributors to the new low-carbon, resource-efficient and knowledge-based economy. This in turn contributes to the EU 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Continue reading
“The Unexpected Forest” features adventures from Spik and Booksy in the forest – a lovely story that describes sustainable forest management and timber use without the usual facts and figures. Continue reading
If paper were announced today, as an alternative technology to digital screens, its tech specs would be madly impressive. Paper is a media technology without equal:
- Imagine a lightweight display as thin as a single hair, capable of displaying high resolution color images.
- It’s always on and more than one hundred of these paper displays can be stacked together into a $5 information appliance (called a magazine, or book).
- Each display is flexible, tearable, and can be folded into a myriad of origami forms.
- It is very green. It is constructed from a sustainable substrate that is 100% recyclable.
- The material substrate for the paper displays comes from large outdoor production areas that protect tremendous numbers of wildlife.
- It is made through a natural solar powered process that captures massive amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping to slow the greenhouse effect. The waste product is pure oxygen.
- Paper is touch responsive and highly interactive allowing users to quickly thumb through content.
- No batteries required — paper uses ambient light to display its contents. If there is no ambient light available, one of the displays can provide light for the others, through a non-reversible oxidation initiated with a single click of a Bic lighter.
- The displays last for decades and archives can be hundreds of years old and are still legible and legal.
- They are 100% hacker proof.
- DRM features are built-in preventing a perfect copy — but users are allowed to make second-rate copies. Copies of copies gradually degrade in quality unlike in the digital world.
- Paper is resistant to all tracking technologies, commercial and NSA. User privacy is completely protected because there is no history of pages visited, or time spent viewing pages.
- Paper displays extremely rugged. They can be run over by a steam roller with no damage. If dropped, each display will gently flutter to the ground.
- They are water resistant.
- They are shareable.
- They can be annotated with a stylus using any color.
- The displays can be rolled up into a useful dog training tool or crumpled into a fun cat toy.
- Paper displays are available in a 3-D pop-up format that doesn’t require special glasses to view.
- The displays are safe to use in a bath or hot tub.
- Paper can be used transmit data wirelessly to smartphones and computers at the speed of light, using QR codes, or data embedded in images.
- Paper can be scaled to the size of a house and used in giant outdoor displays in all weathers.
That’s a fabulous list of technical specifications for paper and the environmental features are incredible: it is produced in a natural, solar-powered bio-chemical process that eats up carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and the waste emission is pure oxygen.
The paper then traps the carbon for decades, sequestering it away from the environment in a normal landfill, unlike special deep wells used for carbon dioxide sequestration efforts, which have caused concerns that they could leak and suffocate people.
Digital displays don’t look quite as good when compared to paper especially in displaying green credentials.
Paper or electron? You can choose both.
In an industry first, Woolworths has initiated and introduced a new on-pack recycling label (OPRL), intended to assist recycling efforts by making it easier for customers to recycle correctly, while stimulating the growth of the recycling sector. Woolworths was motivated to develop the new recycling labels after feedback from customers revealed that the industry symbols currently used on packaging are confusing. To date, recycling labels across the sector have been designed to assist waste collectors and waste separators, and not customers. Continue reading