Why should you use recycled papers?

When it comes to paper communications, recycled paper is the greenest option, it uses less energy, water, and produces lower carbon emissions than the manufacturing of non-recycled paper and at the same time reduces the amount of waste to landfill – as paper can be recycled up to 5 times. On average, the production of virgin fibre paper, followed by incineration uses twice as much energy than it takes to produce recycled paper. With advances in technology and processes, recycled paper is now as white and has the same print performance as non recycled paper.


Producing a tonne of recycled paper takes 30,000 fewer litres of water than producing one tonne of virgin fibre paper.
Recycling reduces CO2 emissions by 20% in comparison with incinerating the paper.
The process of creating recycled paper uses 27% less energy than the creation of virgin fibre paper.
It takes 1.2 tonnes of recycled fibres to produce 1 tonne of Cocoon recycled paper, but it would take 2.5 tonnes of wood to make 1 tonne of virgin fibre paper.

Burying waste paper as landfill releases methane gas, which is 25 times higher and more harmful to the environment than CO2.

On average, the production of virgin fibre paper, followed by incineration uses twice as much energy than it takes to produce recycled paper.

Developing value from recycling and increasing the use of recycled fibres.

The Arjowiggins Graphic range of recycled papers contain between 60% and 100% of recycled fibres. Le Bourray, one of the French manufacturing plants, specialising in 100% recycled paper with the Eural brand (producing 110,000 tonnes per year), was already responding to the increasing demand for recycled paper.

In 2008, Arjowiggins Graphic acquired the French manufacturing plant of Greenfield – the European leader in FSC®-certified high-quality recycled pulp. Through this acquisition, Arjowiggins Graphic increased its annual production of recycled pulp by 150,000 tonnes and confirmed its global strategy of integrating the entire initiative.

Are there any other Benefits of using recycled paper?

Besides the obvious environmental and social benefits, using recycled paper can be an asset to organisations in the fields of:

 Brand – using recycled paper is good for your brand as it demonstrates a commitment to the environment.

 CSR – the environment is part of most CSR policy’s and choosing recycled paper can be part of the solution to meeting this commitment.

 Communication – Visual way of upholding brand values.

 Endorsed – the use of recycled paper is scientifically endorsed by UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), WWF and Greenpeace.

 Environmental Benefit Statement – by using Arjowiggins Graphic recycled papers, you can show the environmental savings you have made with an ‘EBS’. This will show the exact amount of landfill, CO2, wood, water and energy you have saved by using recycled paper.

By using recycled papers and by picking a printer who is committed to the environment, you can ensure a totally environmentally minded approach to printed communications. Our recycled papers offer printers the opportunity to gain environmentally accreditations such as ISO 14001, FSC and PEFC.

Printability and quality

Research and innovation in the recycled paper industry now means that printing on recycled paper does not mean approaching the design or printing process in a different way.

All our recycled papers meet the requirements and expectations of the professional printer providing a product that deliver on runnability, printability, offer the desired finish.

As virgin fibres papers, our recycled papers deliver superb on-press performance (offset and digital presses for those which are suitable) with excellent opacity for heavy ink loads, very good bulk, runnability and exceptional drying times.

Whiteness and cleanliness

Recycled papers are available in a range of whiteness; from natural to a bright white shade. Our whitest papers do not look recycled and are comparable to leading virgin fibre papers; whereas our natural papers have the aesthetic historically associated with recycled paper. But both look very clean without ink particles.

The Greenfield de-inking plant rigorously selects the waste paper it re-uses, focusing exclusively on very high-quality papers (office paper, archives and other papers with a low ink coverage), thus ensuring that the recycled pulp produced is of a very high quality and extremely white.

The high whiteness is also the result of the innovative concepts involved in the recycling and bleaching processes used at Greenfield. The recycled pulp undergoes 3 separate cleaning loops specially designed to very effectively de-ink the paper without the use of chlorine.

Customers testimonies

logo_ed_louvre“Catalogues printed for the Louvre Museum have to combine an excellent printed result and longevity. The quality and  finish of our books on Satimat green is exceptional, and our printers appreciate working with this paper which has aesthetic qualities and excellent performance on press. Le Louvre has also made a commitment to the environment. By choosing to print our books on Arjowiggins Graphic recycled papers we can publish the environmental savings we have made by printing on Satimat green.”

Violaine Bouvet-Lanselle, Chief of the Service of the Editions of the Louvre Museum


logo_green_future“We’re really excited to be working with Arjowiggins Graphic to produce Green Futures. Their papers prove that you can still produce a gorgeous, glossy magazine without sacrificing your environmental responsibilities. The Environmental Benefit Statement or ecocalculator is a great way to bring that decision to life, and engage people with the benefits of printing on recycled paper.”

Anna Simpson, Editor of Green Futures in the UK.