What is the Paper by Nature Eco-label?
The Paper by Nature Eco-label applies to converted paper products like envelopes, books and pads, filing products... It takes into account the potential environmental impacts of the product:
- raw materials: the Eco-label includes criteria concerning responsible forest management and paper manufacturing.
- converting process: the Eco-label includes criteria concerning all environmental impacts that are potentially generated by the paper converting process: energy saving, reduction of emissions to water and air and limitation of the use of substances during processing that are harmful to the environment.
Our method : an on-going improvement process
We want the Paper by Nature Eco-label to be trustworthy and efficient: to do so we believe it's essential that it should be commented on and challenged by non-profit actors. This mindset is at the heart of the working method that will be used to revise this Eco-label.
The criteria for the Paper by Nature Eco-label will be regularly revised. That's why the Paper by Nature Association has established an observer status in its statutes that allows non-profit actors (environmental NGOs, consumer associations) to witness and take part in the process. Additionally, external stakeholders will be consulted on a regular basis and the criteria will be systematically reviewed by the General Assembly.
Download the Paper by Nature Eco-label's criteria
How is the Paper by Nature Eco-label awarded?
An application for Eco-label certification can only be made by a company that is either an effective or an adherent member of the Association. The Paper by Nature Eco-label is awarded by accredited certification bodies who audit the applicant company according to the Eco-label's criteria. From then on Eco-label certification is regularly reviewed and monitored according to a strict process.
- Every three years, a global review is held that covers all criteria
- In addition to this global review, the fulfillment of some criteria (especially regarding fibre content) is documented and sent to the auditing body every year
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