When circular economy is rubbish

Når cirkulær økonomi er skrald

"The waste of one, the gold of the other". Now your business can spin gold on yours own waste paper - for the benefit of our environment and your colleagues.

By Jonas Thorup Langelund, garbage man at Papirværk, www.papirvaerk.dk

The print and throw-away culture is not sustainable, and it requires new solutions when companies and organizations need to ensure a sustainable future. We must not stop the party, but change the theme to responsible consumption and production: How do we manufacture our products and how do we act as responsible companies and organizations?

A circular future

When we produce new products from recycled paper waste instead of virgin raw materials, less energy, water, chemicals and cellulose fibers (wood fibers) are consumed. The cards below have been delivered for a selection of our customers, all of which are produced 1: 1 from the individual company's own paper waste. 0% added cellulose.

There is a huge waste of resources and unimaginable potential to breathe new life into discarded resources. Fortunately, a lot of paper waste is recycled today, but transport, collection, sorting and industrial recycling often require a lot of resources and make a solid impression on our environment. Why? Because the vast majority of paper products today are produced abroad.

Paper is currently collected and sorted at Danish recycling plants, which sell it to factories - most often abroad - which produce new paper and sell it back to the retail trade and industry *, for example in Denmark. In addition to iron, metal and cardboard, waste paper is the resource we export most of abroad *.

From paper waste to loving greetings

We come up with our offer on how we ensure 1: 1 recycling of your company's paper waste - for the benefit of the company, your colleagues and the environment.

Our solution for recycling the company's waste paper ensures a higher degree of resource utilization and efficiency, reduces the amount of waste paper and circulates the company's business into the UN's 12th global goals.

Each card is handmade and uniquely produced and all bears the stamp of the company's own paper waste.

The cards are given to employees during the year and in connection with holidays. To reduce CO2 emissions and create unique cards, we handcraft the products and add 0% cellulose and 0% chemicals or glue.

A company agreement is divided into three steps:

  • Step 1: Set up paper buckets
  • Step 2: Collect waste paper
  • Step 3: Handmade production

Step 1: Set up paper buckets

We set up our paper buckets at the individual company when a collaboration has been entered into. The paper buckets are most often located in the office, in meeting or printer rooms, where large amounts of paper waste are usually discarded.

Step 2: Collect waste paper

Depending on the size of the company - and paper consumption - it usually takes 2-4 weeks before our 80 liter paper bucket abounds with discarded working documents, note paper, reports, post it notes and much more. When the paper bins have the right amount of paper waste, we collect it from you and take the paper waste to our workshop. From here, the great sorting and quality assurance work begins.

Below are examples of paper waste we have collected from current customers.

Fortunately, many companies and organizations are making a huge effort to protect the environment from unnecessary pollution, resources and waste. Paper is an important work tool, and in the case below you see how beautiful - but still discarded - communication materials from Luminis (light show), Egeskov Christmas Market, Egeskov Halloween and summer concert with Bryan Rice are naturally discarded when they have served their purpose. The example here is from Egeskov, which also makes a huge effort to sort its waste and reduce paper waste and waste.

3. Handmade production

When the paper waste has landed in our workshop, we sort, quality assure and produce cards for the individual company - of the company's own paper waste. Our technique makes the cards smooth on one side and gives them a rustic and handmade look on the other side. To create unique products and reduce our CO2 emissions, the customer's card is hand-stamped with a wooden symbol and company logo at the bottom. In addition, many companies want a printed standard text so that they can send the cards to a larger number of colleagues in connection with Christmas and other holidays.

Thanks for reading


* The Danish Environmental Protection Agency:

* Green National Accounts for Denmark: https://www.dst.dk/Site/Dst/Udgivelser/GetPubFile.aspx?id=27467&sid=gnatdk