From its beginnings right through to the present day, our company has distinguished itself through sustainable practices in many areas of the business.
Of course, this particularly applies to our corrugated cardboard products, because no other packaging material meets the requirements for a functioning recycling economy to the same degree while also relying almost exclusively on renewable resources. Today, around 80% of all paper used in our production of corrugated cardboard comes from recycled waste paper, with around 20% from virgin fibre.
The corrugated base paper that is produced in our paper mill exclusively for use in our packaging plants is made from 100% recycled materials. On the one hand, we recycle all the waste material produced during production of our packaging, and on the other, we also purchase recycled paper from outside sources. Through FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification of all our locations and products, we also implement sustainable forest management for the virgin fibre paper that we use.
Due to its characteristic sandwich construction, corrugated cardboard is a powerful yet resource-friendly product because it provides high strength and load capacity with relatively low weight and material use. In times of energy transition, the efficient use of energy is of major importance in the production of paper and packaging. Our largest energy consumer is our own paper mill, which we equipped with a highly efficient combined heat and power plant (CHP) in 2011 to completely meet our local demand for electricity and heat.