Which is the most responsible choice? Office paper made from recycled fiber or from virgin fiber? Virgin fiber office paper does not contain any recycled material, it is paper manufactured from new wood pulp, while recycled fiber office paper contains recycled material. When you care a great deal about the environment, picking a recycled office paper over one made from virgin fiber, might seem like the obvious choice – ”It must be more sustainable!”. But, when you get the chance to take a closer look, you’ll realize that it’s not a black-or-white kind of question.
For starters, there can be no recycled paper if there’s no virgin fiber paper to begin with. Fiber can be recycled several times. For each time you are recycling fiber there will be a loss of fibers. When you have recycled for about 20 times there is not much left to recycle, the fibers have become too short to be reduced and then they are burned for bioenergy.
Virgin fiber is ideal for the demanding office printing – long runs, graphic and picture rich work. Recycled fiber is shorter in length than long virgin fiber and is more susceptible to breakage and curl in office paper applications. More fibers are needed to achieve the same strength properties as office paper from virgin fiber. This increases the weight of the paper which also increases the environmental impact of transport. Virgin fiber is also less absorbent than recycled fiber. Therefore, images on recycled office paper are less sharp and will require more ink in office paper applications.
Since Multicopy is the market leading brand of sustainable premium office paper made from wood, we stress the superiority of virgin fiber when it comes to printing results and performance in our market segment.
It’s important to always consider fitness for purpose when selecting which fiber to use. At Stora Enso we use recycled fiber whenever it makes sense environmentally. Sorting and cleaning recycled paper to reach office paper type levels of whiteness can have a high environmental impact. Virgin fiber is suitable for applications that require higher strength, higher whiteness, great durability and low dusting.
Since the launch of Multicopy Zero in 2016 Stora Enso has been supporting three global emission reduction projects. In order to achieve CarbonNeutral® paper certification, we offset an emission volume equal to the emissions produced during the manufacture and distribution of Multicopy Zero. And we are thrilled that our actions are not only helping to tackle climate change, but are also increasing quality of life for the people in these areas, in line with several of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Here’s a follow-up on the offset projects supported by Stora Enso and a deeper look at one of them.
Stora Enso is the presenting sponsor of Nordic World Ski Championships 2021 in Oberstdorf, Germany, 23 February–7 March. The athletes are all set – prepared to wax on and off to optimise their grip and gliss. Are you properly prepared to enjoy the world-class entertainment from your living room sofa?
The construction at the Gasum biogas plant at Nymölla Mill in Sweden continues with the highest safety standards. Small delays have taken place due to measures taken to manage the construction process during the pandemichas. However, the biogas plant will be up and running during spring 2021, transforming residue water into renewable energy (Liquefied Biogas – LBG). Gasum’s Christian Strandberg and Stora Enso’s Henric Höglind are kind enough to give us a status update.