Bio-based and renewable
Supporting EU reforestation:
Three trees are planted for every tree harvested, which is equivalent to planting 1,500 football pitches every day.
Caring for forest resources:
While new trees are planted every day, the paper industry is increasingly using soft wood thinning, along with waste chippings discarded by sawmills and recovered paper.
European forests grew annually by about 612 Million m3. The annual harvesting is approximatel 455 Million m3 1. Their growing trees absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and young growing trees absorb the most.
The bio-based nature of its predominant raw material (paper) means corrugated board is biodegradable. Its fibres are easily transformed back into bio-mass.
About 53% of newly replanted forests are set aside each year for industrial use – with only 17%2 of that being used for paper.
90,6%3 of forest owned or managed by the European pulp and paper industry are forest management certified. 83.2% of pulp purchased By the European Pulp & paper industry is certified. More than 90%3 of the pulpwood used is sourced from the EU.
Contributing to the Bio-economy:
The European pulp and paper industry is an active player in Europe’s bio-economy thanks to its natural, renewable bio-based resources, logistical expertise in moving these around, paper recycling systems, fibre processing knowhow and knowledge of wood and fibre chemistry.
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