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Posted By:Feb 20, 2019
Paper One Show Beirut 2019 – The 5th international exhibition of paper industry in the MENA region took place from the 28th to the 30th of January, 2019 at the Biel Centre.

The objectives of the exhibition were to promote trilateral trade relations between Lebanon, the Arab countries and the rest of the world, as well as to promote the Paper One Show brand.

Paper One Show Beirut welcomed 1,703 unique paper industry professionals from 67 different countries attend Paper One Show.

It was a truly special event, that convened business and investors from various enterprises and institutions of all sizes, both national and international. In a three day exchange, Paper One Show helped foster proactive business to business solutions through a process of qualified matchmaking.

Key decision makers from a diverse range of profiles including traders, distributors, retailers, finished product manufacturers, jumbo roll producers and many more visited and connected at the Biel Centre.

Actively supported by the regional paper industry, the exhibition arena featured leading paper manufacturers, who accounted for over 40% of the regional paper business.

80 internationally recognised companies from 21 countries exhibited this year.

Exhibitors showcased their new technology - with tissue paper, cardboard production, finished products, converting machines, paper mill manufacturing, chemicals, spare parts and accessories all featuring heavily.

It was a privilege to have as supporting associations, the Arab Federation for Paper, Printing and Packaging, the Turkish Pulp & Paper Industry Foundation and the Paper Industry Technical Association.

It was a great honour to have His Excellency, Minister Haj Hasan as the inauguration guest, alongside Dr. Fadi Gemayel, the president of the AFPPPI.

Leading companies such as Eczacibasi Consumer Products as the Platinum and Lanyard sponsor of the event. TPC and Al-Furat Paper Trading were our Gala Dinner sponsors with Innova Tissue and Svecom as Signage and Badge sponsors respectively.

The Paper One Show Gala Dinner, which was on the evening of the second day, was tremendous fun. Sumptuous Lebanese cuisine was served in a historic venue, with traditional musical accompaniment.

The Gala Dinner was attended by over 240 people, composed mostly of exhibitors as well as some of our most important visitors.

Paper One Show is firmly committed to supporting the paper industry and will continue to organise and promote future editions. We will ensure market leaders have a platform to showcase products, exchange ideas and establish strong business connections.

We dearly thank you all, our exhibitors, visitors, sponsors, media partners and supporters for making Paper One Show Beirut 2019 such a success.

6th edition of Paper One Show will be held in Dubai, from the 13th to the 15th January, 2020, at the Intercontinental Festival Arena Hall.

We look forward to welcoming you all next year.

For more details about Paper One Show Dubai 2020, please visit:

The Paper One Show Team

Tel: +90 212 227 51 74 / +90 507 857 74 57

Posted By:Dec 4, 2018
The operation aims to create a specialized, first-rate facility capable of offering high-quality services in the field of analyses, consultancy and training in the sectors we are involved in, through the union of different professional skills and competences”, proudly states Claudio Fornari, CEO of the company. “Today, thanks to the Italian multi-site structure, to our international development and to the strong characteristics that distinguish us, we can compete with the major players and are poised to take on the role of leader in all that concerns the Environment, Health & Safety and Product Quality”, continues Dr. Fornari enthusiastically.

The merger includes all the staff of the two companies and is effective as of 1 December 2018. And it represents only one of the aspects of a strong growth program for the Ecol Studio brand. Because this operation is just one further step that Ecol Studio has taken in the course of this year, that also saw the opening of its first subsidiary abroad, in Sweden, and the company is about to formalize its second European offices in the south of London. “Our progress on the international market is connected to the field of paper, where we are especially qualified. This way, we believe we are providing our contribution to the many customers that throughout the years have asked us for support close to their facilities, but also to new players we are starting to get acquainted with in these countries and who are looking for a trusted partner in the realm of analyses and consultancy”, explains the management.

The growth witnessed over the past two years has allowed Ecol Studio to strengthen its presence in the territory. “Today Ecol Studio boasts 8 facilities in Italy and 2 in Europe. This is a true added value for customers”, states Guido Fornari, founder of the company. “With the investments of recent years, we have created 4 thousand square meters of laboratories, with consequent optimization of our activities and increased production capacity – certainly indisputable values for companies.”
Ecol Studio is experiencing a favorable expansion trend aimed at providing customers with professionally impeccable, prompt answers that meet their demands. “We created technical and professional figures specialized in the paper field, among others, where we are particularly specialized. This setup makes us capable of pursuing issues pertaining to the environment, to health & safety and to product quality for our customers full circle. We aspire to be a partner that can make the difference for our customers. Partnership for Leadership, like our slogan says”, continues Claudio.

The year that is coming to a close was characterized by lots of novelties for Ecol Studio aimed at strengthening the company’s position on the Italian market and also abroad. “The choices we make and the strategies we follow contribute to confirming Ecol Studio as one of the most structured companies in our field!”, proudly continues Claudio Fornari. “For this important merger we also created a concept to support us in strongly stating our nature – something we are very proud of… Because today we are S1AMO Ecol Studio, a unique, compact and close-knit structure. With this team of over 200 people, we will pursue our road made of challenges and changes, tackling them with the same passion and love we have always shown, the love and passion that we put into everything we do, for a better world!”, conclude Claudio and Guido Fornari on an emotional note. Because today more than ever, two symbols represent Ecol Studio to the fullest: a number and a heart.

Posted By:Nov 21, 2018

Brussels, Belgium – 19 November 2018; World Toilet Day, celebrated today, is about taking action to ensure that everyone has a safe toilet by 2030. This is part of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: sanitation and water - which the world is currently not on target to meet.

This year’s theme ‘When nature calls’, focuses on the building of toilets and sanitation systems that work in harmony with ecosystems. 62.5% of the world’s population do not have access to safe sanitation, with 4.5 billion people living without a safe toilet with 1.8 billion people potentially drinking water contaminated with faeces.

European Tissue Symposium (ETS) fully supports this initiative and its objectives. Capturing and treating human faeces is crucial to optimise the safety of water and promote human health.

Among populations with safe toilet facilities, proper hand hygiene following a visit to the bathroom is nevertheless essential in preventing the spread of infection. There is clear advice on the importance of hand washing and evidence increasingly indicates that correct hand drying also has a vital role to play.

A new multi-site study*, led by Professor Mark Wilcox of the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals, and undertaken in hospital washrooms in France, Italy and the UK examined the extent of environmental contamination from potential bacterial pathogens according to hand drying method. It found washrooms equipped with paper towels for hand drying have significantly less bacterial contamination while antibiotic-resistant bacteria - including MRSA and ESBL-resistant enterococci – were detected more frequently in washrooms using jet air dryers.

“Choice of hand drying method plays an important part in maintaining health,” explains Fanis Papakostaschairman of ETS. “Viruses and bacteria can survive on the hands for some time if they are not washed and dried correctly. We encourage everyone to support World Toilet Day to ensure we optimise the health of populations around the world.”

World Toilet Day undertakes crucial work in bring safe toilets to populations around the globe. The coalition of international stakeholders includes several United Nations agencies, the World Health Organisation and the International Labour Organisation. For further information on World Toilet Day 2018 see here:

Posted By:Nov 12, 2018
Kimberly-Clark won top honors for its global Energy & Climate program at the 9th annual Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards. The Climate Action Award recognized the company's innovative strategies to reduce the climate impacts of its operations through energy conservation, transformative LEAN energy management programs and the increased use of alternative energy sources including renewable energy.

"Kimberly-Clark impressed judges by the multiplicity and coherence of climate initiatives coupled with robust science-based performance evaluation," noted Ed Long, Project Director for Ethical Corporation. "The judges noted the Scope 3 emissions reporting, and its plan to address them, as an important factor setting it apart. It has also embraced important partnerships by working with WWF, CDP and WRI. Well done!"

Through these initiatives, Kimberly-Clark has reduced its Scope 1 and 2 absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 18% compared with a 2005 baseline, putting the company on track to achieve its 2022 goal of a 20% reduction in GHG emissions four years ahead of schedule.

"We're incredibly honored to be recognized by Ethical Corporation with the Climate Action award. In 2015, Kimberly-Clark made some major commitments to energy and climate programs that minimize climate change impacts, reduce GHG emissions and transform our financial performance," said Lisa Morden, vice president for global safety and sustainability, Kimberly-Clark. "This award is a testament to the dedication of our employees around the world who put in the work to address this critical issue."

In addition, the EPA honored Kimberly-Clark for its continuous improvement in working with transportation providers to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, in line with the company's Sustainability 2022 goals. Kimberly-Clark was one of only 14 companies to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay's 3,700 partners.

Since joining the SmartWay program in 2006, Kimberly-Clark has been recognized nine times, the last six years consecutively. The 2018 SmartWay awards were presented last month at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Conference.

"We're proud to be recognized by as a top environmental performer by the EPA. This award bolsters our commitment to pursuing supply chain efficiencies that result in reduced GHG emissions and increased climate protection. It's not only good for our business, it's good for communities we touch," said Scott DeGroot, vice president of transportation for Kimberly-Clark.

Learn more about Kimberly-Clark's Sustainability 2022 strategy and read stories from our employees and teams around the world at

Posted By:Nov 9, 2018
Common inaccuracies about print and paper are still a major issue for the industry. These misconceptions are further reinforced by financial organisations, utility companies and many other service providers, as they increasingly encourage their customers to switch to electronic bills and statements. But instead of focusing on the potential cost savings of digital, often the incentive to switch is based on unfounded environmental claims such as “Go Green – Go Paperless” and “Choose e-billing and help save a tree”.

These messages are unsubstantiated, misleading and can have a lasting effect on consumer perceptions of paper.

What are the rules on environmental claims?

According to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), marketing claims must be clear, truthful, accurate and not misleading. Marketers must base environmental claims on the full life cycle of the advertised product, unless the marketing communication states otherwise, and must make clear the limits of the life cycle. Marketers must ensure claims that are based on only part of the advertised product’s life cycle do not mislead consumers about the product’s total environmental impact.

What do customers think about these claims?

Financial organisations, utilities, telecoms and governments are increasingly encouraging their customers to go “paperless”. But switching to digital is not always welcome as many consumers value paper-based communication.

A survey conducted by Two Sides in 2017 found that 88% of UK consumers believe they should have the right to choose how they receive communications (printed or electronically) from their service providers. A further 73% believe they should not be charged more for choosing paper bills or statements and 41% would consider changing provider if forced to go digital-only. Equally, 64% agree that claims about the switch to digital being better for the environment are made because the sender wants to save money.

According to Keep Me Posted 7 million people in the UK can’t use the Internet, even if they wanted to: because of poverty, disability and rurality. There are over 10.5 million people who lack the confidence to use the Internet transactionally. Together that is nearly 1 in 5 of the British population.

Anti-Greenwash Success

Two Sides actively engages organisations found to be using unsubstantiated environmental claims about the use of paper. To date, over 70% of companies engaged by Two Sides have changed or removed misleading messages.

For all customer facing copy, it is important to avoid making any unsubstantiated claims
regarding switching from paper to electronic formats.
Brendan McNamara, Head of NGO Engagement, HSBC

There is a time and a place for both print and digital communications.
Any future messaging will focus on the cost savings available with paperless billing.
Iain Wood, Head of Public Affairs, TalkTalk

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Posted By:Nov 7, 2018
“In the background of a challenging international context, the increased European paper recycling rate from 72% in 2016 to 72.3% in 2017 is a significant step forward for paper recycling inEurope. The value chain also achieved higher collection, a sign that we remain committed to theobjectives set out in our Declaration” says Lisa Kretschmann, Chairperson of the EPRC.

More specifically, the Chinese waste import restrictions have had an impact on markets, andChinese imports of European paper for recycling have started to decline. This decline is graduallybeing balanced by a stronger use of paper for recycling in Europe, and other countries, due toinvestments in additional paper recycling capacities.

The Chinese waste import restrictions alsoshed light on the importance of ensuring the quality of the collected paper for recycling. Improving
separate paper collection is one of the priorities of the EPRC, exemplified by, for instance, theImpactPapeRec project.

For further information please contact Ulrich Leberle, Secretary of the EPRC and CEPI RawMaterials Director, at or by phone at (+32) 2 627 49 23 

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