Is printed matter harmful to the environment?
Is printed matter harmful to forests?
- Most paper used in Denmark comes from sustainable European forestry operations
- Around 44% of Europe is currently covered by forests
- Over the past five years, the European forests have increased in size by an area corresponding to nearly that of Denmark
- And the UN is encouraging consumers to use more wood products
Is used printed matter waste?
- Used printed matter is a valuable resource which can be recycled up to seven times
- Used printed matter is used for, e.g., new paper, kitchen rolls, toilet paper and packaging
- Used printed matter is currently in short supply and in high demand all over the world
- In Denmark, 60% of all printed matter is collected for recycling purposes
- The rest is used as bio fuel in Danish CHP facilities, thereby replacing fossil fuels such as coal and gas
Is the production of printed matter harmful to the environment?
- Since the 1990s, Danish printing houses have been global leaders within environmental management systems such as EMAS and ISO 14001
- Currently, more than 80% of Danish printed matter is produced at Swan Label-certified printing houses
- The Swan Label has the most stringent requirements concerning resource consumption in the production process as well as packaging and disposal
- The Swan Label also includes requirements concerning substances in the product that harm the environment and human health