Quality Print has a chemical - free plate maker and only uses soy inks on its press. Also the options for environmentally friendly paper stocks are far greater than ever before, including quality coated stocks. The quality of print finishes with stocks like these is exceptional – delivering levels of whiteness and smoothness that in the past only virgin fibre stocks could achieve.
It’s possible that using a paper from certified virgin fibre can be better for the environment than using a product made from recycled fibre.
Paper can only be recycled six times, so virgin fibre will always be required. For every tree that is logged in managed forests, approximately three to four trees are replanted. As young trees grow they absorb CO2 (a greenhouse gas) from the atmosphere. A product of wood, paper continues to store that carbon throughout its lifetime. Virgin fibre can produce less greenhouse gases than some recycled papers produce using fossil fuels. On the other hand, recycled paper reduces landfill waste and promotes re-use. The answer seems to be a responsible mix of both types.
FSC – Forest Stewardship Council
An independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. Products carrying the FSC label are independently certified to assure consumers that they come from forests that are managed to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations.
FSC – Mixed Sources
Product group from well managed forests and other controlled sources.
FSC – Mixed Sources 25% Recycled
Product group from well managed forests and recycled wood or fibre, containing a minimum of 25% recycled material.
PEFC – Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes
The worldwide organisation promoting sustainable forest management through forest certification and labelling of forest-based products. Products with a PEFC claim and/or label deliver confidence that the raw material originates from a sustainable managed forest.
EMAS – Eco-management and Audit Scheme
The European Union’s regulated environmental management system and a management tool for companies and other organisations to evaluate, report and improve their environmental performance. Participating organisations regularly produce a public environmental statement that reports on their environmental performance. EMAS recognises organisations that go beyond minimum legal compliance and continuously improve their environmental performance.
WMF – Well Managed Forest
Pulp is sourced from a well managed forest.
ISO 14001 – The International Organisation for Standards
ISO is a worldwide organisation that develops many different kinds of standards. ISO 14001 specifies the requirements for an EMS (Environmental Management System) which provides a framework for an organisation to control the environmental impact of its activities and to continually improve their environmental performance.
ECF – Elemental Chlorine Free Pulp bleached with the use of chlorine gas.
TCF – Totally Chlorine Free
Pulp bleached without the use of chlorine chemicals.
PCF – Process Chlorine Free
Applies to recycled paper which has been produced without the use of chlorine chemicals in the recycling process.
Paper recycling is the process of recovering waste paper and re-making it into new paper products. There are three categories of paper that can be used for making recycled paper:
- Mill broke is paper trimmings and other paper scrap from the manufacture of paper and is recycled internally in a paper mill.
- Pre-consumer waste is material that was discarded before it was ready for consumer use.
- Post-consumer waste is material discarded after consumer use such as old magazines, old telephone directories and residential mixed paper.