European Companies Surpass US yet again…

So, both the Quo Vadis blog and the Rhodia blog recently announced that Clairefontaine has revised its environmental standards to an even more impressive level. One of the things that first drew me to their products was their attention to the environmental impact of paper producton. So, for example, they are one of the only companies that still produces their own paper for their products, and only using wood from PEFC certified sustainably-managed forests. They recycle water during the production process, and don’t use chlorine to bleach their paper.

Now, they’ve changed their inks from petroleum/solvent-based to water-based, using vegetable oil pigments instead of mineral ones.

Funny. I’m going to an environmental conference this weekend in Oberlin, OH. One of the things we’ll be talking about is the fact that the United States really has nothing to bring to the table when we attend the Copenhagen Climate Conference in December.

Read more about Clairfontaine’s environmental practices here.

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1 Response to “European Companies Surpass US yet again…”


  1. 1 Zoe November 10, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    I’ll be interested to hear how the conference goes, and your reactions.

    I believe Europe has by necessity been resource conscious in all ways of life, and the absence of negligent abundance is evident in Clairfontaine’s process.

    In the years I lived abroad, I don’t recall receiving a paper bag. 🙂 – but I did get plenty of plastic.


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