The kraft manufacturing process is perfectly self-sufficient, allowing for the recovery and recycling of chemicals and materials from the industrial process. Waste materials are then used as a source of energy. Our tight, closed-circuit process satisfies both environmental and economic requirements.
Following this "closed-circuit logic", all of the materials from the processes are collected and valued, such as additives and treatments, cellulose fibers, and other various materials. Control over the energy consumption allows us to make recuperating energy a priority, allowing us to move towards ever-increasing self-sufficiency of our manufacturing site in Mimizan. Today we're close to 50% with electricity.
THIS PAPER DOES NOT DESTROY THE FOREST
The forest occupies close to 15 million hectares in France, which is a quarter of our national territory. This resources grows by 50,000 ha/year.
A direct cause of this growth is the paper industry's economical recovery of waste from the timber industry. This is an indispensable tool to the forest (and the loggers) to ensure the growth reforestation and maintenance of the forest resource.
In France, 135 different species comprise our rich forest heritage. To preserve the wealth of our ecosystems, the working paper sector sources from sustainable species such as pine, fir, birch and eucalyptus.
As for the massive exploitation of tropical forests, and the damage to trees in these forests, their special fibers are not suitable for the manufacturing of paper. This is certainly not a model to remember.
SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT AND NATURAL MATERIALS
The natural fibers used exclusively by LA COMPAGNIE DU KRAFT are raw, sustainable materials and come from Gascogne. They are 100% renewable, allowing for the sustainable management of forest lands.
To make pulp and paper from virgin, non bleached fibre, our Mimizan factory exclusively integrates raw materials. These include the by-products from the maintenance of forests (branches and tops of trees, wood thinnings) and wood processings (falls and sawmill wastes) of the maritime pine lands of Gascogne.
Massive cultivated thinnings are intended to remove the young trees which are stunted and poorly-developed. This provides more space for the young trees growth, and helps to maintain the forest throughout its development.
TECHNICAL INNOVATION. WITHOUT GMO
Our notebooks are pretty and you say it daily.
But you can't use any tool to write on it, a feather for instance.
Those days are far behind!
GascognePaper partnered with LA COMPAGNIE DU KRAFT, developed a coating solution that covers the paper on its most beautiful face (the matted one) to make it as pleasant to use as the regular white paper. Without GMOs, of course!
This innovation, from a natural process, gives the kraft we use a unique feel. Warm and delicate.
SAVE OUR KNOW-HOW. A MATTER OF RESISTANCE
When Nicolas Recoing (hard to pronounce, isn'it?), an entrepreneur with a creative vision, relaunched the printing and handcraft activities of Poissy, in the suburb of Paris, it was a long term move.
Printing know-how is thought to have disappeared with the third-generation of typographers, but isn't completely gone yet. All the moves and techniques are beautiful and deserve to be rescued.
The knowledge and techniques we have at LA COMPAGNIE DU KRAFT demand patience. As soon as a client enters our factory, he or she realizes it right away.
If the world changes, this is for more sincerity and for caring more about others with products that enter users life for a long time. A durable investment.