One of our core values is sustainability so naturally (pardon the pun), protecting our natural resources is important. One way to demonstrate your commitment to the environment is by choosing paper with a low carbon footprint. Many mills now manufacture with renewable energy and aim to reduce water usage and waste. Some mills take it one step further and offer carbon neutral papers.
What is carbon neutral?
It means net zero carbon emissions, balanced by offsetting the measured amount of carbon released into the atmosphere by verifiable carbon credits. Everyday activities also produce carbon dioxide emissions so programs have been created by organisations (and individuals) to reduce, offset and manage greenhouse gases, while restoring natural resources. An offset is an initiative that funds emission free energy projects such as wind farms, which are verifiable and traceable.
What is carbon neutral paper?
This means the paper was manufactured by a mill that has measured their entire carbon footprint. From the amount of greenhouse gases (carbon emissions) they produce, the burning of fossil fuels for electricity, manufacturing and transportation through to their impact on the environment. Any carbon emissions are then offset to zero. Carbon neutrality has various levels of credentials, so it’s important you know where the calculations begin and end. We offer a selection of carbon neutral papers: CLICK HERE for the full list.
Carbon neutral product labelling
All of our carbon neutral products have been independently audited by third-party carbon accountants and include a full life cycle assessment from raw material (seedling/cradle), through to customer (either B&D or printer). This is the ‘cradle-to-customer’ model. Some carbon neutral logos can be misleading, meaning they imply the entire print and delivery process is carbon neutral. Good news is most of our carbon neutral papers fall under the ‘cradle-to-customer’ model.