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Make the switch: Locally made recycled paper

A new initiative is encouraging Aussie businesses to consider the sustainability of their paper and printing footprint.

Statistics from environmental organisation Planet Ark show that despite 64% of office paper being recycled, just one in six new reams of paper include recycled content.

A joint initiative between Planet Ark and Australian Paper has the precise aim of improving that statistic.

The just launched ‘Make it Recycled’ campaign is encouraging businesses to reduce the amount of paper destined for landfill. The only way to do so is by sourcing locally-made paper with a high-recycled content.

“The recycling plant will take up to 80,000 tonnes of wastepaper, which is equivalent to 16 billion sheets of A4 paper, enough to pile a tennis court 1 kilometre high every year,” Paul Klymenko, CEO of Planet Ark said.

Jim Henneberry, CEO of Australian Paper also weighed in, adding that part of the issue is needing to reverse the mentality that recycled paper is inferior quality.

“We want to move the recycled dial from niche to normal and prove to everyone who buys paper that recycled doesn’t have to mean lower quality,” Henneberry said.

“This is an exciting time for sustainable local paper manufacturing and we need the support of paper buyers all over Australia to make it happen,” he said.

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Stephanie Zillman

Stephanie Zillman

Stephanie is the editor-at-large of Dynamic Business. Stephanie brings with her a passion for journalism, business, and new ideas. On her days off, you might find her reading a book on the beach.

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