Sustainable: Both in terms of power and paper.
Common suppliers of electricity generate about 1000 kg CO2 for 2000 KWh, whereas our independent electricity supplier EWS Schönau emits only 46 kg CO2 for the same amount of electricity – this is less than a twentieth.
With our changeover to renewable energy (since 2007) we support new, local energy plants that are financed over the electricity tariff.
Our Paper – as good as organic.
In ecological terms, the paper used by Disegno could be referred to as an organic product. All raw materials for our premium kraft paper are exclusively obtained from FSC or PEFC certified forests from our pulp suppliers.
Thus, as a customer of Disegno, protect important areas of unspoilt nature as, just like young and old trees, rootless ones may also call these forests their home - a refugee for plants and animals. Such a raw material is much more expensive than wood from exhaustive cultivation, the cost of which are unfortunately borne by all of us with the loss of species, global warming and erosion.
For our paper, we are mainly using wood that cannot be used in saw mills and grinderies. Also, the residual wood of saw mills is an important raw material for us. We are not using tropical wood – even if it has a certificate. Apart from the too far transport distance, the wood fibres are way too short to come up to our high demands regarding tear resistance. For our Disegno gift wrap paper, we need the long fibres of local types of trees such as spruce or pine.
The forests are directly within the catchment area of the paper factory and - just like all our suppliers - in Western Europe. This saves transport costs and CO2. Besides, our kraft papers are made of pure, unbleached fibre paper. Our white paper is bleached free from chlorine.
Our pulp mill saves energy and CO2 while it even produces electricity.
Usually in paper production, the pulp won in the pulp mill is dried in large clusters quite elaborately. These clusters are then transported to the paper manufacturer to be watered there again, rolled into paper webs and dried a second time.
Our paper manufacturer combines both steps, i.e. the still wet pulp can be further processed into paper directly (wet integration). This does not only save ways of transport but also lots of energy for the drying process.
In addition to that, base arising from the pulp production, is fired to generate electricity. A renewable energy with which the mill covers a lot more than just the company’s own energy needs.