Polytrade Paper Environmental Policy
We are committed to providing a quality service in a manner that ensures a safe and healthy workplace for our employees and minimises our potential impact on the environment. We will operate in compliance with all relevant environmental legislation and we will strive to use pollution prevention and environmental best practices in all we do.
What is FSC<sup>™</sup> Chain of Custody Certification?
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) chain of custody (CoC) certification provides information about where the wood or other forest-based material used in a product comes from or does not come from. It requires to identify the origin of raw materials used in FSC certified products, to keep FSC certified products separate from other products throughout the production process, and to allow their tracking from one operation to the next - from the forest to the consumer, including all successive stages of processing, transformation, manufacturing and distribution. Only operations covered by an FSC CoC certificate are allowed to label products with the FSC trademarks.
Now, buying the FSC<sup>™</sup> products from us, your company can (provided that your company has obtained FSC<sup>™</sup>-CoC certification):
  • increase competitiveness and satisfy clients' needs
  • use FSC Trademark on product to show social responsibilities
  • ensure the wood is coming from well managed forests
  • access to information on the origin of the wood products
  • minimize commercial and environmental risks
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Fiber From Well Managed Forestry

Wood fiber that are taken from well-managed forest are considered as environmental friendly.

A well-managed planting system allows enough time for trees growth and cut. Under this management every tree is planted or cut with environmental concern.

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Ordinary paper is made of wood pulp and other materials like cotton etc. whereas recycled paper contains disposed waste to replace wood pulp.
Recycled Can be used if paper contains recycled fiber.
Recyclable Can be used if the product can be recycled.
What are the main types of recycled paper?
  • Mill broke scrap generated in a mill prior to the completion of the papermaking process.
  • Pre-consumer waste material which has been printed, coated or processed but has not been used in its finished form (e.g. bindery trimmings). Nowadays, some mills define pre-consumer waste the same as post-industrial waste because they are both wastes from the manufacturing process.
  • Post-consumer waste one example is discarded home or office paper that has been printed on and would be buried if not recycled.
  • Post-industrial waste wastes or residues that are produced from manufacturing process. A very good example is bagasse which is residues from sugar cane production process. They will be dumped to the landfill or become another pile of wastes if not used for making paper.
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Carbon Neutrality – PAS2060

"Carbon neutrality refers to achieving net zero carbon emissions by balancing a measured amount of carbon released with an equivalent amount sequestered or offset.

In April 2010, Polytrade Paper becomes the world's first paper trading company and Asia's first commercial company certified to be carbon neutral in accordance with the renowned independent PAS2060 standard*

* According to information provided by BSI
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Low Carbon Made
“Low Carbon-Made” means that the manufacturer will lower its carbon emissions to minimize its impact on the environment during the production process. For example, paper mills can source recycled fiber pulps, improve its production process efficiency, or use green-energy sources such as bio-fuel for steam and electricity generation.
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Chlorine Free Paper
Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) /  Totally Chlorine Free (TCF) For many years virgin fiber was bleached with hypochlorite – a compound that reacts with organic materials and may produce dioxins or its pre-cursors in the reaction. Most virgin pulp mills have stopped using this chemistry and are substituting with chlorine dioxide in the bleaching stages. This virtually eliminates dioxin and its associated compounds from the waste water. This process is called Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF). Some mills are Totally Chlorine Free (TCF) meaning they bleach with oxygen, ozone or peroxide.
Processed Chlorine Free (PCF) The term Processed Chlorine Free (PCF) is applied only to post consumer recycled fiber. The recycled content of the paper is unbleached or bleached without chlorine or chlorine derivatives. Any virgin material portion of the paper must be Totally Chlorine Free (TCF).
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Environmental Labels
Green Seal™ Certification requires that the product contain a minimum of 30% post-consumer recycled content. Certification also requires that manufacturing operations be improved to reduce your use of energy and materials as well as reduce wastes and emissions associated with the process of making the product. Green Seal™ is also concerned with toxics in packaging.
Below are some commonly seen environmental labels used by European countries, please refer to their websites for updated information and their applications:
  • EMAS
  • EU Flower
  • Nordic Swan Ecolabel
  • The Blue Angel
  • Green-e
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Other Features
  • ISO 14001
  • ISO 9706
  • BgVV
  • FDA
  • EN71-3
  • DIN6738
  • EN71-9
  • BfR recommendation XXXVl
  • RoHS RoHS stands for Restriction of use of Hazardous Substances. The RoHS directive restricts the use of six hazardous materials (Lead, Cadmium, Mercury, Hexavalent Chromium, Polybrominated Biphenyl and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether) in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment and was enforced throughout the EU from 1 July 2006.
  • Acid Free Paper Acid-free papers are manufactured in an alkaline environment, which prevents the internal chemical deterioration of the paper over time. The calcium carbonate being added as a buffer also makes the paper resistant to the effects of an external acidic environment.
  • Lignin Free Paper Lignin is a product found in cellulose plants. This can be washed out when making the pulp. Lignin can make paper weaker and more likely to discolour. For example, newspaper turns yellow in sunlight because of the lignin in the pulp.
  • Biodegradable Materials that, left to itself, will be decomposed by natural process is called biodegradable.
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