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Creating Environmentally-Friendly Paper

Purchasing Agent B, who is from a client company, asked Sales Representative A from Fuji Xerox about how to use paper in an environmentally-friendly manner.

Recycled Paper Can Only Be Used 3 to 5 Times

Ms. B:
I'm under the impression that copy machines that use lots of paper is a burden on the environment.
SR A:
The wood that is used as materials for creating paper is mainly imported from abroad. In places like Southeast Asia and Russia, valuable natural forests are being cut down illegally, and ecosystems are being destroyed. If the amount of paper that is used increases, there is a possibility that that much more burdens will be placed on the environment.
Ms. B:
But it's impossible not to use paper, and copy machines are not much use if there is no paper.
SR A:
That is why at Fuji Xerox, we are progressing with various approaches so that our customers can continue using paper.
Ms. B:
We have to make an attempt to use more recycled paper at our company too!

Shifts in the Production Amounts of Paper

SR A:
That's right. With just recycled paper, it is impossible to meet the future demand for paper. Because of rapid informatization, the demand for paper is increasing more than ever. In addition, after recycled paper is used 3 to 5 times, it can no longer be used as paper.
Ms. B:
Really? Why?
SR A:
Paper is made by unraveling the fibers of trees meticulously, and is then made into a material called pulp, which is then pressed to form paper. In this recycling process, the fibers gradually become thinner, and eventually, they cannot be used as materials for paper.
Ms. B:
So in order to make paper, it is inevitable to use new trees. This means that valuable natural forests will only continue to disappear.

Recycling of "Paper" and "Forests"

SR A:
But don't worry. Fuji Xerox is making all of the materials for copier paper "environment-conscious pulp." We provide paper that is created by skillfully combining pulp that makes use of waste paper to the fullest extent, and pulp made of materials coming from certified trees that are cut down in a systematic way from forests that are strictly controlled, or trees that we ourselves planted.
Ms. B:
So that means you're effectively combining "recycling of paper" and "recycling of forests"?
SR A:
Yes. This is necessary, no matter what, in order to continue using paper. We are reducing burdens on the environment by achieving a combination ratio, or a "balance," between the recycled pulp and the virgin pulp that is newly created.

Procurement Procedures for Paper Establishment of procurement procedures→New Zealand(Forestation areas)→Procurement of timber and materials→10 principles of FSC→Acquisition of FSC accreditation→Procurement Procedures for Paper Establishment of procurement procedures→Fresh pulp→Paper mill→Environmental balance(Fresh pulp + recycled pulp)→Development of environment-responsive products→Procurement of timber and materials→Recycled pulp(Recycling of used paper)→Paper mil

Putting a Stop to the Destruction of Forests

Environmentally-balanced paper "FR"

Ms. B:
Although it's said that the forests are controlled, aren't there times when valuable natural forests are cut down?
SR A:
To prevent illegal deforestation, it is necessary to make it clear where the materials are coming from. It's called "traceability," and at Fuji Xerox, we are using materials that have received "FSC accreditation," which is a certification standard for lumber, that has been decided on by the international environmental NGO WWF (World Wildlife Fund), in a lot of our products.
Ms. B:
I didn't know Fuji Xerox was carrying out such activities. By the way, what about the paper that we are using in our office?
SR A:
The copier paper that you are using at your office is referred to as "FR," and has clear traceability. It is paper that combines optimum portions of recycled pulp and pulp from certified timber, and contributes to making environmental impacts smaller. We also provide a broad lineup of paper so that customers can select paper according to their purpose, such as for black-and-white copies and color copies. Of course, all of the paper that we provide is "environment-conscious paper."
Ms. B:
I'm relieved. By using paper made by Fuji Xerox, it is possible to clarify the stance on preventing illegal deforestation of valuable natural forests. I know now that no matter what paper we choose to use, we are starting by doing good deeds for the environment right in our office.

Is Only Recycled Paper Considered to Be Good Paper for the Environment? Q: It has been said that paper that is environment-conscious is 100% recycled paper, but is this true? Sales Representative A:From the perspective of suppressing inputs of new timber resources, recycled paper is definitely environment-conscious paper. However, waste paper can be recycled a maximum of 3 to 5 times, and in order to fulfill the increasing demand for paper, it is inevitable to cut down new trees. In addition, when creating raw material for pulp from new trees (virgin pulp), since biomass fuels such as lignin and hemicelluloses are generated during the process for manufacturing paper, paper can be made with using only a small amount of heavy fuel oils. On the contrary, in the process for removing ink from waste paper, which is known as "de-inking," a lot of chemical substances and energy is used. Taking these aspects into consideration, when converting each of the overall paper manufacturing processes into CO2, there are actually less environmental impacts involved with using virgin pulp than with using recycled pulp.In the past, there was an abundance of waste paper in the market, and the issue was how to use this waste paper, but nowadays, there is a growing demand for waste paper, and it has become difficult to procure such paper in terms of cost as well. Rather than just the concept of "only recycled paper is good for the environment," a combination with pulp that is being controlled will also become important in the future.

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