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The quest to be Paper Perfect with G . F Smith

Paper, by its very nature, is one of the world’s most sustainable and renewable materials. Continually recycled and natural, it can repeatedly be brought back to life and repurposed. G . F Smith papers have a low environmental impact in its manufacturing, and many of the papers it carries have specific environmental accreditations.
23rd Jun 2021
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Sustainable Stories The quest to be Paper Perfect with G . F Smith

Paper, by its very nature, is one of the world’s most sustainable and renewable materials. Continually recycled and natural, it can repeatedly be brought back to life and repurposed. G . F Smith papers have a low environmental impact in its manufacturing, and many of the papers it carries have specific environmental accreditations.

The majority of G . F Smith papers are made from virgin pulp, sourced from forests where trees are replaced or allowed to regenerate naturally, but it looks out for good recycled papers too. Several G . F Smith ranges include stocks that are wholly, or partly, manufactured from post-consumer (PCW) or post-industrial waste (PIW).

“At G . F Smith, we are committed to decreasing our environmental impact on the world with our continually renewable and natural paper products. We are proud to champion a number of initiatives that put the planet first. They include a 50% reduction in Scope 1 & 2 emissions, the adoption of our Paper Conscious marque and our commitment to extending the life of our products through a circular economy. We might not be paper-perfect just yet, but we are doing all we can to become more sustainably minded for a better future.”

JOHN HASLAM, JOINT MANAGING DIRECTOR, G . F SMITH


Paper & the Environment at G . F Smith
Sharing its sustainable footprint and what’s in its future.

Today

G . F Smith is proud to champion a number of initiatives that put the planet first, with its Paper Conscious collections growing every day.

G . F Smith Extract is composed of coffee-cup waste; G . F Smith Sketch contains flecks of post-consumer industrial fibre; Mohawk Options is made using wind power, and the Gmund Bier range is powered with renewable energy. G . F Smith’s earthy range, Neenah Environment, is made from sustainable raw materials and a minimum of 30% post-consumer waste, and the brand is always on the lookout for purposeful paper products to lower its carbon footprint.

As an example of its dedication to paper that protects the planet, G . F Smith looks to work with mills that support the planting of three trees for every one harvested. And when it comes to people, the brand plants 3,000 trees in and around its home town of Hull every year — that’s 20 trees per employee.

Tomorrow

G . F Smith’s environmental plans don’t stop there. From October 2021, it pledges that 100% of the electricity used at G . F Smith will come from renewable energy sources, and where possible its vehicles will be included too.

As well as this, it is planning a G . F Smith 100% own waste-paper range.

The Future

As a company G . F Smith is constantly exploring ways to make itself and the paper industry more environmentally conscious. While it might not be paper-perfect just yet, it is doing all it can to become more sustainably minded for a better future. That means sourcing smarter too, so that one day all the mills and partners G . F Smith’s work with will share its ecological ethos and it can protect the planet responsibly together.

Paper & the Environment: Myths & Facts

When it comes to the sustainability of paper, it’s important to separate the myths from the facts. Please click here to read in full on G . F Smith’s website.