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Sustainability

As a paper manufacturer, Arjowiggins is dedicated to protecting and respecting the environment. We have made it our mission to preserve valuable resources and to minimise the energy consumption and emissions of our mills.

We believe in sustainable development. To that end, we are constantly ensuring that our operations are in full compliance with all national and local laws related to the environment. Consideration of environmental issues and more particularly the reduction of pollution forms an integral part of our business decisions and activities, and is built into our production processes.

Arjowiggins has always been at the forefront of environmental initiatives in the paper industry and was an early adopter of environmental regulations and standards.

  • Stoneywood Mill was one of the first paper mills to achieve ISO 14001 certification in the 1980s.
  • In the 1990s, the construction of a thermal and power plant at Stoneywood reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 50,000 tonnes per year. The plant generated all the energy and steam needed to run the mill’s production lines. This investment was in addition to the efforts made since the 1960s to improve the mill’s effluent treatment.
  • In 1991, Conqueror entered the recycled paper market with premium recycled grades, followed in 2008 by the launch of 100% recycled options.
  • In 2008, Arjowiggins was one of the first papermakers to achieve FSC certification for its entire portfolio of creative papers.
  • In 2020, Arjowiggins launches Sylvicta, a food contact paper with high barrier properties, fully recyclable, compostable and biodegradable, ready for manufacturing sustainable packaging applications across the food and cosmetic industries.
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Certifications

ISO 9001, 14001 and 50001 certified

All of our mills are ISO 9001 (quality standard) and 14001-certified (environmental standard).
Our Stoneywood Mill is ISO 50001-certified (energy standard) and ESOS compliant.

Fully FSC™-certified (Forestry Stewardship Council)

All of our products are made of materials from well-managed, FSC-certified forests and other controlled sources. This guarantees that pulp is sourced from well-managed forests and a socially responsible chain of production, from seedling to paper. Chain of custody certification from forest to end-user ensures that FSC materials and products have been checked at every stage of processing.

PEFC (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification)

PEFC seeks to transform the way forests are managed globally – and locally – to ensure that all of us can enjoy the environmental, social, and economic benefits that forests offer.
Our Stoneywood Mill and Chartham Mill are PEFC-certified and can provide PEFC certificates for bespoke products (subject to MOQ).

Recycled papers

Our recycled papers are certified post-consumer waste under our FSC certification. We produce high-quality recycled grades using premium post-consumer waste pulp to preserve the properties of our creative and specialist papers. A careful selection of waste and specific de-inking processes ensure the cleanliness of the pulp and its excellent printability.

REACH and RoHS-compliant

All Arjowiggins’ mills comply with the REACH European regulation which covers registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction processes for chemical substances and risk of hazardous substances.

Stoneywood Mill, which manufactures our PowerCoat smart paper range, is RoHS Kitemark-compliant.
The EU directive for the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment, known as RoHS, is designed to protect human health and the environment, and is linked to the directive on the disposal of electrical and electronic waste. It controls the use of certain hazardous substances – including metals and manufactured chemicals (Restrictions of Hazardous Substances)

ECF (Elemental Chlorine Free)

All our papers are ECF. Our production processes do not use elemental chlorine gas during the bleaching process, preventing the formation of dioxins, dioxin-like compounds and carcinogens.

Carbon Neutral

Conqueror, our leading fine paper, is certified carbon neutral in 15 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and Eire. We aim at reducing our carbon emissions and offsetting emissions which cannot be reduced by investing in tree-planting programmes and clean energy projects.

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People

People are the heart and soul of what we do. From our staff to our suppliers and customers, we look to work with people who share our principles, passion, and love for paper.

Employees: We champion diversity and oppose all forms of discrimination. Everyone is a stakeholder in our business: we encourage personal development and a good work-life balance for all our employees.

Customers: We forge and maintain close relationships with our customers, whose business and loyalty we value.

Suppliers: We strive to source products responsibly so that we can ensure a sustainable supply chain.

Partners: We seek to collaborate with people whose principles line up with ours and who share our passion for paper.

Safety is our number one priority. All of our mills are OHSAS 18001-certified (health and safety standard) and are fully committed to our motto of ‘Zero Accidents, No Excuses’. Our responsibility is to ensure that our staff, contractors and visitors are safe at all times when on-site at any of our premises.

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Process & Product

Arjowiggins stands for quality. We are committed to producing outstanding paper products that meet the expectations of our customers, worldwide. To do that, we have adopted an uncompromising approach to continuously improving our performance, quality and service. All Arjowiggins mills are ISO 9001-certified (quality standard).