Office products contribute significantly to the enormous amount of plastic and paper waste that is generated every year. It is expected that paper consumption will double worldwide between 2010 and 2060. And for that amount of paper, a lot of trees are needed. A total of 386 million hectares of forest have already been lost between 2001 and 2019 (source). As awareness of deforestation increases and the problems become more visible, more and more people and companies are making the choice to reduce their carbon footprint. Choosing sustainable paper and stationery from PaperWise is an easy step to do your part.
Many organisations are trying to switch to paperless working in order to reduce their paper waste. Research shows that paperless working has become more popular between 2018 and 2020 (source). But in practice, this is still quite difficult. The need for sustainable office products therefore remains. PaperWise offers a helping hand. How? By making paper and cardboard from agricultural waste, which is then used to produce sustainable stationery. By choosing sustainable stationery, you create a greener office and take an important step towards a cleaner world. If we all switch to environmentally friendly stationery, we are helping to make the world a cleaner and healthier place.
WHAT ARE SUSTAINABLE OFFICE SUPPLIES?
Every day, enormous amounts of copy paper, printer paper, letter paper, business cards, folders, envelopes and notebooks are used worldwide. Hold on: an average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of printing paper a year, almost half of which ends up in the bin the same day (source). The production of all that paper requires raw materials, mostly wood fibre, which is obtained from tree felling. Then comes the production process, using lots of water, energy and chemicals to make the paper as beautiful as we know it: smooth and white. Sustainable office supplies made from PaperWise paper and board are made in such a way that they are much less damaging to the environment than office supplies made from trees.
SUSTAINABLE OFFICE SUPPLIES MADE OF BOARD AND PAPER FROM AGRICULTURAL WASTE
Sustainable stationery made by PaperWise consists of paper and cardboard made from plant residues. These plant remains, agricultural waste that remains in the fields after the harvest, are collected and processed into a new generation of environmentally friendly paper and board. The plant remains, which would otherwise be burned, prevent the felling of thousands of trees. Since its foundation, PaperWise has already recycled more than 10.7 million kg of agricultural waste. And 77,040 trees have been prevented from being cut down! Moreover, there is another advantage to not burning these plant remains; it prevents smog formation, environmental pollution of the soil and unnecessary CO2 emissions. Since PaperWise was founded in 2015, 16,100,00 kg of CO2 equivalents have been saved because the agricultural waste is not burned in the open. So there is much less of a burden on the environment!
The production process of PaperWise is also eco-friendly. PaperWise is made with green energy from bio digestion. For this they use the part of the agricultural residual material that cannot be processed as raw material for paper, but is ideally suited for fermentation. During the process, methane gas is released which produces heat and electricity for their own power station. This is an excellent example of a residual flow from a residual flow, for the production of our own green energy. This saves CO2 emissions and reduces the use of fossil fuels.
The environmental impact of PaperWise is 47% lower than paper from trees and 29% lower than recycled paper. By choosing sustainable office products made from PaperWise paper or board, you reduce your impact on the environment and contribute to a greener office.
Why the use of sustainable office supplies is so important
Countless office supplies pass through our hands worldwide, every single day. A lot of paper is needed to produce them. By choosing stationery made from paper from trees, you inherently contribute to tree felling. The paper industry is a major contributor to deforestation. This deforestation has disastrous consequences for important ecosystems and contributes to global warming and climate change. It is not without reason that halting deforestation worldwide by 2030 is one of the pillars of the Climate Summit 2021 in Glasgow (source). There is no planet B! Together we will have to make the difference.
PaperWise is working in a revolutionary way with the paper industry which also wants to change the system in a positive way. Why should we all continue to cut down trees and burn agricultural waste, full of cellulose (the raw material for paper)? Valuable raw materials are lost, CO2 is released unnecessarily and there is environmental pollution of soil and air. What a shame! Together with you PaperWise wants to change the paper industry and contribute positively to welfare and nature worldwide.
Quality, appearance and sustainable communication
PaperWise meets the highest quality standards. So with PaperWise you can easily contribute to a greener office and you won’t notice any difference. Paper and cardboard from PaperWise is suitable for making many different office supplies. Whether you’re looking for stationery, copy paper, envelopes, business cards, note pads or durable calendars and diaries, it’s all possible. If you choose PaperWise paper and board, you might want to show and communicate your sustainable choice. PaperWise is ready for you with a communication concept and sustainability logos and will help you with the communication.
Examples of sustainable office supplies
Curious about what you can have made of the sustainable PaperWise or order as an end product? Get inspired below by the many possibilities in the field of sustainable stationery made of PaperWise.
Sustainable office supplies: copying and printing paper
PaperWise copy paper is good for everyone! It contributes positively to a better world and is trouble-free to use. It doesn’t matter if you choose white or light brown paper, all variants have a low environmental impact. The advantage of the light brown unbleached copy paper is that everyone can see that you are doing a good job. And yes, not bleaching is always better than bleaching, even though the white PaperWise paper is chlorine free ECF bleached.
PaperWise copying and printing paper is CO2 neutral and we achieve this by using energy as economically as possible throughout the whole chain. We use green energy wherever possible and we compensate the remaining CO2 emissions to be able to deliver CO2-neutral copy paper to you.
All PaperWise’s environmentally friendly copier and printer paper is made from agricultural waste, from stems and leaves left over after harvesting. PaperWise White, our white paper already has a 55% share of agricultural waste and PaperWise Natural the unbleached light brown paper even has 100%. We strive for the highest possible share of agricultural waste for all PaperWise paper, but technically this is quite a challenge. Will you help us to increase the volume? Then it will become easier and easier to increase the share of agricultural waste.
Do you want to archive? Then we have good news. PaperWise White copy paper is certified for archiving up to 100 years according to the ISO norm 9706. And if you do decide to dispose of the paper, please do so in the waste paper bin. PaperWise is of the highest quality and perfect for recycling. See the PaperWise range of copier paper below:
Sustainable office supplies: writing pads & notebooks
Writing and note pads are handy to use and fun to give, just like notebooks. You contribute to a better environment by choosing stationery made of eco-friendly PaperWise paper and board. In the examples below, the unbleached PaperWise Natural board has been used for the cover and is available in 245 to 310 grams. PaperWise Natural has a nice eco look with a natural light brown tint. For the inside you can choose for PaperWise White of 90 grams or for PaperWise Natural in 70 or 90 grams paper. If you choose PaperWise sustainable paper, you might also like to communicate your sustainable choice on the cover or inside. PaperWise is ready for you with sustainability logos and is happy to help you with your communication.
Sustainable office supplies: writing pads, notebooks & notebooks
Despite digitalisation, you would be surprised how many offices and households still have paper (desk) calendars, diaries or organisers. Made of PaperWise, these ‘paper helpers’ are not only practical but also sustainable! The environmentally friendly paper and cardboard of PaperWise is excellent for printing agendas and calendars. The uncoated paper is very easy to write on, without the ink smudging. Ideal for diaries and calendars. For the covers, thicker paper types are available, in excess of 245 gr/m2. Next to PaperWise White, the light brown PaperWise Natural is also excellent for printing durable stationery. The unbleached PaperWise Natural which is 100% made out of agricultural waste gives your calendars and diaries a natural eco-look that visually underlines your environmental choice and appeals to many consumers. When you choose PaperWise, you choose sustainable stationery without compromising on quality or a luxurious look.
Sustainable office supplies: stationery and envelopes
Both standards for stationery, 80 and 90 grams, can be found at PaperWise. The sustainable white stationery made of PaperWise White has a very low environmental impact and is Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) bleached. It can be printed on both sides in colour and black and white and is suitable for all printers, offset machines and digital printing presses. Also envelopes can be made of PaperWise paper. Their environmental impact is 47% lower than paper made from trees and 29% lower than recycled paper and cardboard. By switching to envelopes made from agricultural waste you contribute to environmental conservation. In addition to 80 and 90 grams paper, you can also opt for a more luxurious look and feel by choosing a heavier grammage such as PaperWise Natural 150 grams. Envelopes can also be printed with your logo and other branding, in colour or black and white.
Sustainable office supplies: business cards
Business cards something from the past? Nothing could be further from the truth! Worldwide, 27 million business cards are still printed every day (source). And that’s not surprising, because with the right choices, you literally make quite a business card. With sustainable business cards made by PaperWise you give agricultural waste a second life and contribute to making your office greener. All PaperWise paper types are excellent for full colour or black and white printing. Embossing is also an option, this gives the business card relief and gives your business card that little extra.
Eco friendly office supplies: Folders
Folders made out of PaperWise Natural board have a natural light brown colour. PaperWise Natural is unbleached, 100% made out of agricultural waste and is up to 7 times recyclable through the normal waste paper stream. Choose for example PaperWise Natural 226 grams. All PaperWise paper and board, both ECF bleached and unbleached, are perfect for printing in colour or black and white. And if you would like to communicate in a subtle way that your folder is made of environmentally friendly paperboard from agricultural waste, we will gladly provide you with PaperWise sustainability logos. Together Wise With Waste!
Are you also switching to sustainable supplies?
Choosing for a greener office and switching to sustainable office products from PaperWise; a small step with a huge impact. You too can make a difference. Together we can contribute to a better world and reduce our environmental impact. Together Wise With Waste! Are you curious or do you have questions? Would you like to get to know PaperWise or feel and experience paper made from agricultural waste? Please contact us, we are happy to help.