Sustainability at Papier

The planet means the world to us, so we try to make and create consciously. Since our brand first began, we’ve made efforts to help lessen our footprint and we’re continuously looking for ways to improve.

Every little decision makes a difference. Read about some of the choices we’ve made with our planet in mind...
Made for you
We produce most of our products on a made-to-order basis. That means minimal stock, minimal returns and personalised Papier just for you. In other words, as little waste as possible.
Sustainably sourced
Our paper is always ethically sourced. This means we only work with suppliers who deal with forests that comply with the highest social and environmental standards.
Paper packaging
Naturally, we pride ourselves on our paper packaging. (Shrink wraps? No thanks.) All of our wedding designs, stationery and photo books are wrapped in simple cardboard and paper. Lovely, humble materials you can recycle at home.
Paper and why it’s so green
Paper is one of the most recycled products in the world
In 2018, the European recycling rate for paper was 72%, and the industry is striving to reach 74% by 2020. [1]
European forests are growing by more than 1,500 football pitches per day
The trees harvested from these forests provide over 90% of the wood fibre used by the European pulp & paper industry. [2]
The paper industry is the biggest, single industrial user & producer of renewable energy in Europe
In fact, 60% of European pulp and paper mills’ energy comes from renewable sources. [3]
93% of water used to make paper is returned to the environment
The remaining 7% is either evaporated, retained within the product, or bound up in solid waste. [4]
How to RECYCLE your Papier
Once you’ve unwrapped your Papier pieces, toss all of the cardboard and paper packaging in the recycling bin.
Notecards and more
Any used notecards, writing paper, invitations and greeting cards can go in the recycling bin too.
Notebook inner pages
The inner pages of your notebooks, planners and diaries can be recycled. Just tear the pages away from the glue on the spine and toss.
3 Fun Ways to Upcycle Your Papier Greeting Cards
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Your questions, our answers

We’ve answered a few frequently asked questions below. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, just drop us an email at and our team will find the answer for you.

Why don’t you use recycled paper?

It’s not possible to know the source of all the paper that goes into making recycled paper, so we prefer to use virgin paper that we know for certain came from a sustainably managed forest. The paper industry also relies on virgin fibres to sustain the paper cycle as recycled fibres degrade after several uses.

What are your delivery partners doing?

We deliver your Papier pieces using partners that share our commitment to being conscious. In the UK, we use DPD (they’re dedicated to making every parcel they deliver carbon neutral) and Royal Mail (you can read their environmental strategy here).

Are your notebook covers recyclable?

They’re currently not, but they are designed to last and we are looking for a biodegradable alternative.

Do all of your products come in plastic-free packaging?

Yes, nearly all of our products come in plastic-free packaging. Everything is wrapped in cardboard or paper that you can recycle at home. Our framed photo prints are the only exception as they come wrapped in a plastic poly bag, and the extra large size (600x800cm) also come with plastic corner protectors to keep them safe during transit. We are working on implementing new eco-friendly options.

Why do you use upcycled leather instead of vegan leather?

Upcycled leather uses cast-offs from other industries that may otherwise go to waste. These leather scraps are combined with a natural latex binding material, then embossed to look and feel like real leather. Vegan leather usually consists of plastic instead of leather scraps, and is often combined with an oil-based material (like polyester) instead of natural materials. While upcycled leathers do have a thin acrylic coating, they still use less plastic than other vegan leathers. We chose to use upcycled leather because it reduces the use of new materials including plastic and is made of mostly natural materials.

Are you compliant with the Consumer Information Obligation?

We’re passionate about reducing our impact on the environment, so we’ve shared some information on recycling your Papier pieces above. We also work with The Recycling Room, an online space that is devoted to recycling education. Head to to discover how to recycle different materials, what the UK and EU recycling symbols mean and to find locations of your nearest recycling banks.


[1] European Paper Recycling Council, Monitoring Report 2018
[2] FAO data, 2005-2015
[3] Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Forest resources Assessment 2005-2015
[4] CEPI, Water Profile in 2015, 2017