Sustainable use of paper

Paper use is one of the biggest drivers behind deforestation worldwide.

Please, where possible, use less paper!

Set targets for minimising paper usage in your office and set printers and photocopiers to double sided copying.

By reducing your paper usage, you will help to contribute to the protection of precious forests and water catchments and to the habitat of rare and endangered species.

Using less paper not only saves forests, it saves water and electricity, reduces landfill, reduces greenhouse pollution and saves you money.

Second to reducing overall paper use, buying 100% recycled post-consumer waste paper is the best way to minimise the impacts of your paper consumption.
Recycled paper requires approximately 90 per cent less energy to manufacture than paper made from trees.

On average, each tonne of paper removed from commercial correspondence saves:
* 18 trees
* 67,500 litres of water
* 9,500 kWh of power
* 3,300 kg of greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 equivalent or CO2e)



AFS envelopes


Don’t be conned!

These envelopes should be avoided as they just provide free promotion for the farce that is the Australian Foresty Standard.

AFS is the loggers-own ‘green tick’ they invented to try and cover their ‘business as usual’ forest destruction.

But retailers and the concerned public are seeing through the greenwash.

So VicForests is now claiming it wants to gain the higher standard FSC green tick. But what’s happening is that VicForests and other industry players are infiltrating the FSC and trying to force standards to be lowered to suit their style of logging.


Reflex Paper is Australia’s most popular office paper. It is made from the beautiful tall Mountain Ash trees of the Central Highlands and it pretty well holds the monopoly. But it’s nasty stuff – it has blood of Leadbeaters possum, Sugar Gliders, Yellow-bellied gliders, owl nestlings, bandicoots and all their friends smeared through it.

Australian Paper, the manufacturer of Reflex office papers Australian Paper, the manufacturer of Reflex office papers, now produces a recycled paper – Reflex Recycled. Whilst this is a welcome move, Australian Paper is still one of the largest buyers of native forests in the Central Highlands of Victoria. These forests are the most carbon dense on Earth, they are important water catchments and they are home to endangered species.

EEG cannot support the same branding as papers that are made from the clearfelling of magnificent forests of the Central Highlands Recently, Australian Paper was purchased by Nippon Paper. Nippon Paper is also the buyer of export woodchips from Victorian and Tasmanian forests. Whilst this woodchipping continues, we cannot support any of their paper products.



To help move Australian Paper out of our magnificent native forests add your voice to the call for forest protection. Sign the Ethical Paper pledge.

Please sign up now as individuals, and spread far and wide. If you are an organisation, or know of anyone who could sign on behalf of an organisation or business, please pass on to sign the pledge.

There are now a number of high quality recycled office papers available in Australia, competitively priced and widely available through many suppliers.

Ecocern Brown
100% post consumer recycled copy paper.
Australian made, unbleached (brown).
Not guaranteed for printing but generally OK.
Also available in 320gsm packs of 200 x A4, A3
A4 105gsm A3 105gsm.
Ecocern also sell envelopes, paper bags, CD sleeves, packaging products, art pads and folders.
Visit the Ecocern website for more info or to shop online.

J.Burrows 100% Recycled Carbon Neutral A4 Paper
100% post-consumer recycled
A4 80gsm

Fuji Xerox Green Wrap Pure 100 Carbon Neutral 100 Percent Recycled
100% recycled post-consumer waste
Photocopy white, A4, A3
Other colours available
PCF – process chlorine free bleaching
Manufactured Carbon Neutral
Blue Angel Accredited

OfficeMax 100% Recycled White
100% post-consumer recycled
Elemental Chlorine Free
Manufactured Carbon Neutral
A4 80gsm

Cannon Oce Recycled Zero
100% post consumer recycled
Processed Chlorine Free
Manufactured Carbon Neutral
FSC certified, A4 80gsm

Canon 100% Recycled
100% post-consumer recycled
Elemental Chlorine Free
A4 80gsm

Evolve Everyday
100% recycled paper, high post-consumer content
Oxygen bleached. Made in France.
Brightness CIE 150; archival quality suitable for all office machinery.
A4 80gsm A3 80gsm.

Evolve Business
100% post-consumer recycled paper
Oxygen bleached.
A4 100gsm

Steinbeis Evolution White
100% post consumer recycled paper
Made in Germany. Greenpeace Germany endorsed; Blue Angel and Nordic Swan certified papers.
A4 80gsm

Steinbeis Vision Colours
100% recycled paper.
Benign dyes in 9 colours – moss green, aqua blue, canary yellow, red, orange, pastels – salmon, pink, blue, green, yellow.
A4 80gsm

80% bagasse (sugar cane waste) 20% plantation,
minimal chlorine bleaching. Made in India.
A4 80gsm

Canon Colours
Plantation timber,
100% totally chlorine free, uses food colouring only, no biocides.
Aqua blue, blue, lavender, grey, dark green, sand, lime green, yellow, green, sun yellow, coral, pink, orange.
A3 Available in: blue, sand, yellow, green & pink
A4 80gsm A3 80gsm

Canon Colours (Optix Card)
Plantation timber,
100% totally chlorine free, uses food colouring only, no biocides.
Available in: canary yellow, robin red, puffin blue and parakeet green, pink.
A4 140gsm

Canon Parchment
Plantation timber,
100% totally chlorine free, uses food colouring only, no biocides.
Available in: white, blue, natural, green, grey & lavender.
A4 80gsm A3 80gsm

Or check out the Ethical Paper guide for the best paper choices. Don’t use the WWF Guide to Buying Ethical Paper. It’s sponsored by Ikea and McDonalds.