Paper is a true Biofore product

Paper is a true Biofore product

UPM's papers businesses UPM Paper ENA and UPM Specialty Papers create the foundation of today’s Biofore Company.

UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries. Our constant aim is to produce more with less. This is what Biofore stands for.

Paper is a true Biofore product: made of renewable and recyclable raw material, it remains sustainable throughout its whole lifecycle.
As the world’s largest user of recovered paper in the graphic industry, UPM could fill the Empire State building almost three times with the amount we use in one year.

One example of Biofore’s commitment to sustainability and resource efficiency is the case of The Economist magazine. In our paper production for this magazine, between 1992 and 2012, we were able to decrease the use of water 35% and the amount of production waste and carbon emissions 90%. The share of certified wood fibre rose to 100%.

Another good example of Biofore performance is our UPM Shotton mill in the UK: 90% of production waste is reused or recycled. Read about the increasing renewable energy production at Shotton »

The lifecycle approach of paper

Paper lifecycle 

Both paper and print have been a major communications channel for more than 2000 years. They inspire creativity and learning. With a legacy dating back millennia, paper is an inseparable part of our everyday lives. Today its functions are multifold. UPM has worked hard to innovate paper products that truly meet the changing needs of the user.

What is more, paper is made with a high level of environmental responsibility. A paper product with a sound lifecycle is a joint effort where everybody’s contribution is vital to minimizing environmental impacts over its entire lifecycle, from raw material and energy sourcing to production, distribution, recovery and disposal.

Read more about the life-cycle sustainability of our papers » 

​Biofore in action

If you think paper can’t be innovated, think again. UPM has recently worked with a number of magazine publishers to create a whole new grade of lightweight paper.