A new film produced by the European EPN and expressing a vision for the future of paper was launched today in advance of Paper World, a major gathering of the industry in Frankfurt, Germany. The film invites us all to look at this everyday material with new eyes, and transform the way we use it to achieve a more equitable and sustainable future.  The Environmental Paper Network invites civil society organisations to endorse the Global Paper Vision and join our global membership in working together toward it.  We invite paper buyers to explore our resources in the EcoPaper Toolkit for Purchasers to show their environmental leadership, use paper more efficiently, invest in responsibly made products and avoid paper coming from deforestation and other risks.  And we applaud paper producers demonstrating verified environmental leadership.  Please contact us for assistance.

Mandy Haggith the European Environmental Paper Network (EEPN) said, “We hope that everyone who watches the Future of Paper will value it a bit more and think again about wasteful paper use. Everyone in Europe, North America and China uses paper numerous times every day and yet we mostly take it for granted. This film will help people to make the connection between their own daily consumption and the impacts it has on forests, people, the global climate and water.”

Peter Gerhardt of German NGO denkhausbremen, said, “Current paper consumption in industrialised countries must be reduced dramatically in order to lower the pressure on forests and forest people, who suffer from the impacts of the pulp and paper industry around the world.”

Richard Wainwright of FERN, said “This film urges paper companies to rise to the realistic and achievable challenge of ensuring paper production is never to the detriment of local communities who depend on the forests for their survival.”

The film is the outcome of an international process over the past year, in which more than 140 organisations around the world have endorsed a shared Global Paper Vision. This vision describes a future in which the pulp and paper industry and all governments, financiers and consumer companies associated with the industry, have transformed to achieve sustainable production and consumption.

For more information contact:

Mandy Haggith on +44 1571 844020 or +44 7734235704 or hag@environmentalpaper.eu