Eco Calculator

Demonstrate your environmental commitment by using an Environmental Benefit Statement.

Our environmental calculator helps you to measure precisely the difference using Cocoon recycled paper makes in terms of:

ecocalc_waterWater usage

ecocalc_carbonCO and greenhouse gas emissions

ecocalc_energyElectricity / Energy

ecocalc_woodWood

ecocalc_landfillLandfill

Ready to show your commitment?

It’s easy, just enter the details of your print job into the Eco-Calculator and customise how you display the information:

  • texts
  • icons
  • typography

You will receive a hi-res PDF ready to include in your print job.

 

It’s a simple, transparent way to highlight your CSR commitments to the people who matter.

Testimony: Robert Gordon University Showcases Environmental Savings of Recycled Papers

According to Bill Walker, Robert Gordon University’s Print Manager, the university’s environmental policies and a new generation of eco-conscious students have driven a huge change in attitudes towards recycled-papers.

Working with Arjowiggins Graphic, using its unique Eco Calculator tool, Robert Gordon University was able to directly asses how using recycled papers had reduced its environmental footprint. The Environmental Benefit Statement produced found that from January to May 2017 by using Cocoon and Cyclus 100% recycled paper*, Robert Gordon University had reduced their environmental impact by 15,932 kg of landfill, 2,300 kg of CO2 and greenhouse gases, 435,325 litres of water, 24,916 kWh of energy and 25,007 kg of wood.
Acknowledging the role printed materials plays in achieving the Universities wider environmental goals, Bill says:

“The University is committed to sustainable practices, minimising impact of all its activities on the environment. This approach absolutely extends to our printed material and the role of the print department in ensuring we are as sustainable as we can possibly be”.

*compared to non-recycled paper

The calculations explained

 

ecocalc_landfillLandfill: savings made by recovering waste paper instead of it being sent to incineration or landfill. This calculation takes into account the entire de-inking process. At the end of its life, paper that is either sent to landfill or incineration produces greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide or methane) during its deterioration. Methane is proved to be 25 times more noxious than carbon dioxide as regards to greenhouse gas effects. This is the reason why it is essential to recycle and give paper a second life.

ecocalc_carbonCO2 emissions savings: CO2 emission savings is the difference between the emissions produced at  an Arjowiggins Graphic mill for a specific recycled paper compared to the manufacture of an equivalent virgin fibre paper. The carbon footprint is evaluated by Labelia Conseil in accordance with the Bilan Carbone® methodology. The results are obtained according to technical information and subject to modifications.

ecocalc_carCO2 emissions equivalent savings: These are translated into kilometres with the calculation based on a lower-end car: 100 g CO2 / Km.

Water savings: The comparison between the water consumption used to produce a virgin fibre paper in a non integrated paper mill (Sources : BREF) and the water consumption needed to produce a recycled paper in Arjowiggins graphic paper mills

ecocalc_energyEnergy savings: The comparison between the energy consumption used to produce a virgin fibre paper in a non integrated paper mill (Sources : BREF) and the energy consumption needed to produce a recycled paper in Arjowiggins graphic paper mills

ecocalc_woodWood consumptions savings: The savings made by using recovered waste paper instead of virgin fibres.
Finally the results are calculated by taking in consideration the savings for 1 tonne of recycled paper compared with 1 tonne of virgin fibre based paper. This also takes into account the level of ash and fibre.