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Zero Tree Paper:
your guarantee for ecologically friendly paper


Is paper that bad for the environment?

A lot of people have strong, negative feelings towards the paper industry, because they use trees and more importantly the lungs of the world, the rainforests. Nothing is further from the truth! Trees from the Amazon Rainforest are never used for producing paper. Only conifers suit paper production. In rainforests around the world you only find deciduous trees and the fibres from these trees are not suitable for producing paper. The disappearing of rainforests is in fact due to entirely other factors than paper production. Large, strong deciduous trees are chopped down for the timber industry and for making houses, furniture, windows, doors, etc. And, sure you didn’t know this, for making space for agricultural activities…

Mandatory forest management practices

When nowadays trees are chopped down for making paper, it concerns smaller trees. That way the small trees leave room for bigger and stronger ones to grow big enough to make the suitable for producing furniture, windows, doors, etc. Of course there are forests that are grown purely for the paper industry.

Is that bad? Forests are, among others, an important source of raw material for the paper industry. Therefore it is essential that the industry operates according to the principles of sustainable forest management. This means that the origin of wood must always be known and suitable forest management practices are mandatory. For creating sustainable recycling, a small amount of new fibre needs to be added into the stream of raw materials used. And, more importantly, young trees consume far more CO2 and produce more oxygen, than older ones.

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Forests have grown more than 70% in Europe

Since the beginning of the 20th century the area covered by conifer forests has grown more than 70% in Europe. For every conifer chopped down two or three tree sprouts are replanted. If the paper industry were only to cut down trees, nothing would be left of this million dollar business once all trees were chopped down… In fact it is during the early growth of the tree that it consumes the most CO2. Once the tree is bigger and older, it consumes far less CO2 and is thus less ‘useful’ to the environment.

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What about E-paper? Isn’t it better to use computers for reading and writing?

We all extensively buy and use electronic products such as computers, printers, tablets, smartphones… We need less paper by doing so. But the production of electronic devices demands a lot of raw material such as minerals and metals including gold, silver and palladium. And of course the making of electronic products also requires the extensive use of plastics and hydrocarbon solvents. Furthermore computers and other electronic devices don’t last very long. So they create a growing pile of waste. Electronic waste account for no more than 8% of municipal waste, but the amount of electronic waste is presently growing three times as fast as other solid wastes. So it is utopia that using electronic devices instead of paper is better for the environment. It is quite the opposite since more than 70% of all paper is recycled in Europe while less than 20% of electronic devices.

Did you know that...

  • Almost all paper can be recycled, and most of it is today!
  • Only in the USA almost 4 million trees are planted on a daily basis.
  • Only 10% of all wood extracted from the world’s forests is used directly by the paper industry. And that 10% is often waste from sawing mills.
  • Since the 1940s annual growth of new conifers has always exceeded the number cut down.
  • By 1992 the volume of wood in the forest was 360% more than in 1920.
  • On average it takes 500 Kwh of electricity to produce 220 kg of paper, the typical amount of paper each of us consumes annually. That is the equivalent of powering one computer and its peripherals for one year.
  • One acre of young healthy trees will produce 2140 kg of oxygen and capture 2940 kg of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year.
  • Forest products, such as housing lumber and furniture continue to store carbon during their useful lives.
  • Renewing your resources is just as important as reusing your products. Paper does both.
  • For every 50 tons of paper used, one acre of conifer forestland is sustainably managed today.
  • ALL used paper is sold, and shouldn’t sold products be seen as raw materials rather than waste?

More awareness about the environment of the well-being of our planet

During the last couple of years more and more awareness has grown among people regarding the environment and the well-being of our planet. Lots of initiatives have been taken. And all kinds of labels, organizations and foundations have been raised to take better care of our planet and its forests: PEFC, FSC, Der Blaue Engel, CO² Neutral, EU EcoLabel, etc. They all sound environmentally friendly, but are they really? We believe so!

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But, we can do better than regular paper and e-paper:

Now there is even better news. We have created a new label that will take even better care of the environment and forests around the world: the Zero Tree Paper Label! We guarantee that paper with the Zero Tree Paper Label is 100% made from materials not containing any new wood from trees.

This paper comes from waste and other environmentally friendly products (e.g. leftovers of sugarcane, waste of banana tree leafs, other paper waste and ecological resources are all used to produce paper today). Thus only environmentally friendly materials and resources are used. Not a single tree is cut down to produce Zero Tree Paper. By using paper with the Zero Tree Paper Label, you create less garbage and you reuse natural resources.

Zero Tree Paper: your guarantee for tree-free paper

Ecosystems in forests are vulnerable and so important for our planet and the generations to come. The Zero Tree Paper Label guarantees that your paper is manufactured in a smart and durable way. Zero Tree Paper is a 100% ecological alternative to normal paper made from solely trees.

Our paper originates only from sustainable and ecologically friendly materials that will endure the coming centuries and meet the needs of the future generations.

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Zero Tree Paper Policies and Standards

We closely monitor and check all our partners on a regular basis. Our organization makes sure that these policies are fulfilled at all time:

  • The Zero Tree Paper Certificate can only be used by companies using and printing on tree-free paper.
  • Not one tree is chopped to produce the tree-free paper.
  • We support durable and local economies.
  • The Zero Tree Paper Label is exclusively issued on printed products made from tree-free paper.

Why use Zero Tree Paper

If you choose to use Zero Tree Paper, the Zero Tree Paper Label guarantees you

  1. Zero deforestation
  2. Ecologically friendly paper
  3. Preserving precious ecosystems and forests worldwide
  4. Budget friendly solutions for your print issues
  5. Higher customer potential because of your environmental awareness and concerns
  6. High quality standards
  7. Lower CO2 emissions in producing tree-free paper
  8. A sustainable paper solution
  9. A certificate confirming the use of tree-free paper for your printed products

And most important: using Zero Tree Paper is just as cheap as using regular paper!

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Zero Tree Paper Certificate

Only companies printing on paper that fully complies with the Zero Tree Paper standards can use the Zero Tree Paper Label. That is why our partners take so much pride in mentioning the Zero Tree Paper Label on all printed products meeting these high standards.

The Zero Tree Paper Foundation engages in constantly developing and revising its international standards and policies. Our role is therefor not only consultative, but active and leading in the paper and printing business.

Questions: info@zerotreepaper.org