RECYCLING, AND DOING THE PAPERWORK
By the time the internet was just getting started, the paper industry had responded to the concerns over dioxin pollution by reducing the use of elemental chlorine in favour of ECF (Elemental Chlorine Free) and TCF (Totally Chlorine Free) processes industry-wide. These are now standard across virtually all paper in New Zealand, including all of PMP’s papers.
As environmental awareness continued to increase, especially in business circles, it became all the rage to use recycled paper, especially very obviously recycled paper that was rough and flecked like a wholemeal sandwich to prove how good it really was.
Towards the end of the 1990s, this greening of the office environment had led to the emergence of environmental management systems like Enviromark and ISO 14001 – a set of guidelines and checklists designed to help organisations continually improve how they identify, control and minimise their environmental impact. Companies like PMP took these on, and they have now become standard throughout all of the paper industry in this country.