RAW MATERIALS

The percentage of virgin cellulose used in Favini’s papers for its products that has been awarded FSC®, COC or CW certifications, which guarantee that forests are managed responsibly and sustainably.

TREE CELLULOSE

Forests are one of humanity’s most precious resources: they supply oxygen and contribute to the mitigation of climate change by absorbing greenhouse gases; they are home to many indigenous people, providing them with their sole source of livelihood; forests are also the habitat to the most animal species and plant biodiversity on Earth. Strongly aware of this, Favini has chosen to contribute to the conservation of green areas in line with its sustainability and ethical principles. Using 100% FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council), COC (Chain of Custody) or CW (Controlled Wood) certified cellulose, in its papers, Favini categorically refuses to use raw materials from forests with a high conservation value where illegal deforestation takes place, or from areas in which workers’ civil and human rights are violated and ILO (International Labour Organisation) m principles are not respected. Cellulose, used by Favini, is sourced from Europe and Latin America; it is not however purchased from Southeast Asia in order to ensure that sustainability standards are followed. Favini is a concrete example of how high-quality paper can be produced without causing deforestation on the planet.
Favini does not use raw materials obtained from the illegal cutting of virgin forests and opposes labour exploitation.

ANNUAL PLANTS

For its Shiro Tree Free paper range Favini has chosen an alternative to tree cellulose. This ecological paper is produced with renewable non-wood biomasses, in particular the fibres of annual plants such as bamboo, cotton and bagasse.

PRE AND POST-CONSUMPTION RECYCLING

Not just virgin cellulose: to deepen its environmental commitment, Favini uses pre-consumer waste from its production processes. On average, this is equal to 15% of the total cellulose used. This avoids wasting a reusable internal resource, limiting the consumption of virgin raw materials. The ultimate recycled line is Shiro Echo, the FSC® certified ecological paper that contains 100% recycled post-consumer fibres.
Pre and post-consumer recycling allows Favini to limit the use of virgin cellulose for its product lines.
The ultimate recycled line is Shiro Echo, the FSC® certified ecological paper that contains 100% recycled post-consumer fibres.
Fibres recycled from pre-consumer waste that are re-introduced into the production process to reduce the use of virgin raw materials.

ALTERNATIVE RAW MATERIALS

High attention is paid towards seeking alternative raw materials, Favini has in its DNA, the principles of circular economy and upcycling. It is these two important aspects, which from an environmental perspective, has over many years led the company to seek out the alternative solution of using by-products as precious raw materials in the production of low impact and ecological quality papers. The first paper created using the upcycling principle was Shiro Alga Carta. This paper was patented by Favini in the ’90s and uses the damaging algae of the Venice Lagoon. In 2012 it was the turn of Crush to extend this principle further and is the innovative range of ecological papers made with residues from agri-industrial processing used to substitute up to 15% of tree cellulose. Most recently in 2015 Remake was launched, a paper that includes 25% leather by-products. For more information on Favini's eco-sustainable papers visit the "Sustainable innovation" section.

FEWER HARMFUL SUBSTANCES

Out of respect for both the ecosystem and for workers’ health, the company is constantly committed to reducing the consumption of chemical substances; using chemical products in line with European regulations (Reach).
Favini limits or avoids the use of chemical substances that are harmful to the environment and to workers’ health.
Cellulose, for example, is acquired only if bleached without the use of chlorine, a substance that can generate dioxins.In addition, products containing formaldehyde, a potential carcinogen and ammonia, a substance that can cause contamination to water aquifers, have been eliminated from the production process. Furthermore, Favini’s black papers are carbon black free.
Chemical products used during paper bleaching and dyeing processes that contain carbon black, formaldehyde, chlorine or ammonia.