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Closed Loop

No Trees necessary

The UK uses around 550,000 tonnes of paper each year, of which 92 % is Virgin’ paper – fresh and unrecycled. This equates to deforestation of roughly around the size of Oxfordshire every 2 years.

Our new Remarkable Closed loop paper is helping to reduce this, by collecting the paper you use in your office, returning it to our depot, shredding and recycling back into office paper, which we can sell back to you. By ‘Closing the Loop’ we can avoid the need for buying ‘Virgin’ paper, which not only reduces carbon footprint, but also deforestation.

And we do all of this for free!

 

Closed Loop


Saving Water

108 litres per ream

The recommended fluid intake for women over 68 days1

Although we are surrounded by water, we can use less than 1% of the water on Earth. The rest is either sea water or frozen. As you can see from the significant saving headlined above, virgin paper manufacturing wastes a substantial amount of water. Some areas are already affected by water shortages and this problem is expected to escalate. Switching to recycled paper offers us a proactive method to reduce water wastage.

 

Saving Trees

Absolutely no trees are used

It takes 7.5kg of wood to make 1 ream of virgin paper (500 sheets DIN A4)

3 tonnes of wood equates to approximately 24 trees2 which will make just 1 tonne of paper. If an average office of 50 employees uses 1000 reams of virgin office paper per year, 7.5 tonnes of wood would be required to manufacture this volume resulting in 60 trees being felled. That is over 1 tree per person. Paper production currently accounts for approximately 35% of all felled trees3

 

Saving Energy

19.3 kilowatt hours per ream

The electricity consumed boiling over 200 kettles of water (1 litre capacity) 4

Most forms of manufacturing are energy intensive, especially those which require heat. The cosmic problem with virgin paper is the process required to transform wood into paper. During the virgin paper pulping process, wood chips are heated to over 1000 degrees to remove the sap and other undesired components such as lignin and hemicellulose. Recycling paper is much less intensive and therefore results in significant energy savings.

 

Saving Carbon

8kg CO2 per box (5 reams)

The same as driving from Leicester to Nottingham (or 38.8 miles)5

In a normal carbon cycle, emissions created are re-absorbed by plants and trees. Our greatest challenge is that we are releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a rate the Earth cannot keep up with. By using recycled paper made from your paper waste, you can almost half your CO2 emissions compared with using virgin paper. This is purely based on savings generated through the manufacturing process.


  1. The European Food Safety Authority recommendation (1.6 litres for women & 2 litres for men). Source: NHS
  2. Source: ConservATree
  3. Sam Martin, 2011. Source: Ecology
  4. Boiling 1 litre of water has a specific caloric value of 4,18 kJ/kg*K. Heating water from 20°C to 100°C : 4,18 kJ/kg* 80K = 334 kJ
  5. Based on 1 ream (500 sheets DIN A4) and a modern UK family car (128.3 g CO2/km) Source: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders ltd
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