The use of renewable raw materials like paper and new plastics made from renewable feedstock can help us to achieve independence from fossil resources. In doing so, we can also avoid the release of additional carbon into the atmosphere, which is stored in earth’s fossil resources over thousands of years.
As we integrate renewable materials into our solutions, we ensure that all materials are sourced responsibly. We use FSC® certified paper and ISCC Plus certified renewable feedstock, and several of our sites are already FSC® COC and ISCC Plus certified. GreenChoice paves the way to Carbon Zero.
Paper composites have been part of our portfolio for decades. Today they are designed with a decreased plastic share, or functions to separate paper and plastic. Latest paper solutions carry a thin functional coating only. Paper-based solutions are recyclable in several EU countries with the corresponding recycling infrastructure. To ensure responsible sourcing, we purchase FSC® certified paper and a number of our sites are FSC® COC certified.
Renewable feedstock as a resource in plastic production can increase the share of renewable material in our solutions. Often referred to as bio-based plastic, the renewable feedstock in our films is certified according to ISCC Plus standards. Integrating renewable feedstock in PE, PP or PA brings us closer to a more sustainable future for packaging. An example of using renewable feedstock alternatives is crude tall oil - produced using a residual stream from pulp production. Converting the crude tall oil into bio-naphtha, it can be used to produce resins for plastic packaging.
PAPER TOP® PD – is our first climate neutral product range that integrates both paper and renewable feedstock using a mass balance approach. Paper composites printed on our ProDirect® digital inkjet printing line are not only based on renewables – from July 2021 the composites are a fully climate neutral solution. Prior to this, the production of such composites was optimised, and CO2 emissions were reduced to the minimum possible at that stage.
We offset the remaining carbon emissions through certified climate protection projects in cooperation with ClimatePartner. By offsetting, we are supporting for example Plastic Bank’s Clean oceans initiative, ensuring that less plastic ends up in our oceans and is instead reused or recycled in ethical recycling systems. Because these activities do not generate verified emission reductions, the support of such ocean protection initiatives is in combination with internationally recognised carbon offset projects. This allows for climate neutrality and ocean protection at the same time. To find out more, visit the ClimatePartner webpage and enter our Climate ID (12374-2107-1001) at www.climatepartner.com
What does climate neutral mean?
Climate or carbon neutrality means that the carbon footprint of a company, product or service has been calculated based on internationally recognised standards and fully offset by supporting international climate action projects. ClimatePartner's label "climate neutral" certifies that unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions have been offset. For the sake of legibility, all emissions are referred to as CO2 emissions and measured in tonnes of CO2. By this, we mean CO2 equivalents i.e., all relevant greenhouse gases. Offsetting CO2 emissions is an important step in holistic climate action, alongside avoidance and reduction.
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