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Fibres

We aim to produce paper-based packaging solutions using only raw materials from non-controversial sources.

To achieve this, we monitor the origin of the raw materials we use by implementing strict policies, which are applicable to all our operations and suppliers.

Our packaging solutions are mainly produced using paper and board consisting of both virgin and recycled fibres, which are also manufactured within Smurfit Kappa.

What is better for the environment – recycled or virgin fibres?

There is no simple answer to that question.

There will always be a need for virgin fibres as the recycling of fibres is a finite process. After being recycled seven or eight times, the length of the initial fibre has reduced so much that what remains is essentially ‘washed’ out of the process. Fresh virgin fibres enter the process and the recycling cycle can start again.

The production of paper from recycled fibres is typically more fossil energy intensive than the production from virgin fibre. On the other hand, the production of paper from virgin fibres requires more treatment of the process water.

Using recycled fibres means that already existing material is re-used to its maximum potential, which allows us to use virgin fibres for those packaging applications that require their specific characteristics.

What are virgin fibres?

Pulp obtained through a chemical process used to remove lignin from wood. As a result, the fibre can be used to produce paper.

What are recycled fibres?

Recycled fibres are produced from recovered fibres. Recovered Fibre refers to paper, paperboard, and fibrous materials from retail stores, office buildings and homes after they have passed through their end-use as a consumer item and to material diverted from the waste stream during a manufacturing process.

What is biodiversity?

It describes the multitude of life-forms and species (flora and fauna) in an ecosystem.

Forestry

All our wood comes from cultivated rather than primary forests. For paper making, we mainly use wood that is unsuitable to other industrial applications, complementing our many responsible wood activities.

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Biodiversity

We own and manage forests in Colombia and Venezuela.

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Virgin fibres

We are very active in cooperating with suppliers to ensure all the wood we use has a sustainable origin.

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Recycled fibres

The paper-based packaging products that we produce are for a large part based on recycled fibres.

Find out more about recycled fibres