As a cornerstone of the bio-based economy, our industry contributes to sustainable development that meets the requirements of modern packaging, conserves natural resources and protects the environment. Watermelon, egg, coconut – inspired by nature’s organic packaging solutions, our industry creates high-performance paper sacks that are based on natural resources. The fibres used to produce sack kraft paper are 100% natural and renewable. They are extracted from tree thinnings and from process waste from the timber industry and originate from sustainably managed European forests.
- Sustainable management of forest areas is a central element of the value chain for paper sacks. Thanks to the continuous replanting of trees, state-owned forest in Europe is growing by 200 million m3 per year, according to EUSTAFOR.
- This also benefits the carbon footprint of our industry: 1 m3 of wood captures 1 t of carbon dioxide while emitting 0.7 t of oxygen.
- The carbon footprint for one European paper sack is 99 gCO2
- If the carbon sequestered by forests, the end-of-life emissions and benefits arising from emissions avoided through recovery and waste management activities were included in the carbon footprint calculation for European paper sacks, it would actually come to less than zero.
Find out more
- Press release: “Paper sacks are better for the climate”
- Infographic: “CO2 footprint of the European paper sack”
- Video: “Good choices come naturally”
- Video: “The most sustainable choice for dry-bulk materials: the paper sack“
- Brochure: “Building sustainability“
Good to know
The growing environmental awareness in industry, politics and society, as well as the increasing scarcity of raw materials, means that environmental issues will gain importance in the future. By choosing paper sacks as packaging solutions for their dry bulk goods, producers and fillers are choosing the environmentally friendly option and contributing to sustainable development in their supply chains.
The agreement of the United Nations conference on climate change, COP21, in December 2015 puts even more pressure on the issue, with a target temperature increase below 1.5 °C by the end of the century, compared with pre-industrial times, and a focus on minimising the use of all kinds of fossil materials – the raw materials for polyethylene sacks. Sack kraft paper is an excellent source of fibre for the recycling industry. Its long, strong fibres can be recycled several times and are commonly used as secondary raw materials in the paper industry.