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August 30, 2023

Exploring Eco-Friendly Papers: FSC® Certified, Carbon Neutral, and Recycled Paper Explained

With a growing awareness of environmental consciousness more than ever, choosing eco-friendly paper is not only a responsible choice when you need to print but also a significant contribution to preserving our planet for future generations. Let’s embark into the world of eco-friendly paper alternatives and understand their positive impact on the environment.

1. FSC® Certified Paper

The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests1. FSC® certified paper guarantees that the raw materials used in its production are sourced from forests that meet strict environmental and social standards. By choosing FSC® certified paper, you support sustainable forest practices and help preserve biodiversity, protect waterways, and respect the rights of local communities.

2. Carbon Neutral Paper

Carbon neutral paper refers to paper products that are manufactured and produced with the goal of minimising and offsetting the carbon emissions associated with their production and use. This means that the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production have been measured and reduced as much as possible, and then offset through various means2. Offset strategies often involve investing in projects that reduce or remove an equivalent amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the atmosphere, such as reforestation, renewable energy projects, or carbon capture technologies3.

3. Recycled Paper

Recycled paper is made from post-consumer waste paper, which has been collected, processed, and transformed into new paper products. The recycling process involves breaking down the waste paper fibres and reproduce them into usable paper. Using recycled paper helps reduce the demand for virgin wood pulp and conserving natural resources. Recycled paper can be labelled with a percentage that indicates the amount of recycled content it contains, such as 100% recycled or 55% recycled.

In summary, FSC® certified paper ensures responsible forest management, carbon neutral paper aims to have minimise carbon emissions, recycled paper is made from post-consumer waste to reduce the demand for virgin fibres. Each type of paper contributes to environmental sustainability in different ways.

At OVOL Singapore, our commitment is to provide you with the highest quality and most eco-friendly solutions, ensuring a positive impact on the environment while meeting your printing needs. Having covered the three primary types of eco-friendly paper, let’s explore various sustainable printing materials that we offer. Alternatively, chat with us to learn more!

OVOL Singapore is FSC® certified (License Code FSC C015534).