We care about the environment!

Format Werk understands that nowadays a company is not judged by its products alone. We are convinced that our environmental commitment is an important step for the future of the company and its employees. In the face of manifest climate change and downright horrendous prospects for the future, it is no wonder that consumers put ever greater importance on companies employing environmentally friendly production methods. We want to be among producers who actively do something for the environment.

Format Werk´s environmental policies

Proactive environmental policies have long been of crucial importance for consumers and businesses alike. However, we engage in conservation not purely for economic reasons. In our business, the world’s most important resource – namely wood – plays a major role.

Format Werk´s environmental aims and their implementation

A number of important aims follow from our environmental policies – for instance the use of resource-saving raw materials, resource-saving production, supply and disposal, and the safeguarding and development of the entire environment management system with all eco labels and eco hallmarks.

Eco labels and hallmarks

The ‘Blue Angel’ is the world’s first and best-known eco label. Through the ‘Blue Angel’, Format Werk demonstrates its multi-faceted commitment to the protection of the environment. The ‘Blue Angel’ is also one of the most important eco labels for consumers, as it designates environmentally superior products and promotes eco-friendly purchasing.

We have signed up to all relevant trademark agreements relating to ‘RAL-UZ 14 Recycled Paper’ and ‘RAL-UZ 56 Recycled Card’, and therefore are able to obtain the designation of this important eco label for our brands and customers.


As of 2010, all of Format Werk’s branded products and many trade brands are labelled with the Austrian Eco Label. Not only writing paper, but also all covers and cover sheets are exclusively produced using 100% premium white recycled paper and according to the strict criteria of the Austrian Eco Label. We hold the certificates UZ18 ‘Recycled Paper Products’ and UZ24 ‘Low Emission Printing Products’.

Licence number UZ 18: UW 778

Licence number UZ 24:UW 898


The Scandinavian eco label ‘Nordic Swan’ designates products that are environmentally friendly and have as little environmental impact as possible. The entire production process is subject to exhaustive monitoring, and environmentally friendly production and waste reduction are inalienable criteria for the issuance of the certificate.

Licence number: 341112


FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) is a non-profit organisation which is active globally in 43 countries, co-ordinating the interests of environmental organisations, social organisations, progressive forestry organisations and the timber industry. The FSC® label guarantees that forests are managed sustainably and that workers in the areas of cultivation are not exploited. Child labour is ruled out.

In order to obtain the FSC® label, a company has to demonstrate that exclusively certified, controlled and/or recycled materials are used in all production stages. Format has been FSC®-certified since March 2007.


PEFC (Programme for Endorsement Forest Council) is an internationally active non-commercial organisation whose aim is responsible forestry. Format Werk successfully completed the main audit on January 14, 2010 and since then has been PEFC-certified (certificate CH10/0037; registration number: PEFC/06-38-218).  The scope of the certificate includes the printing, processing and sale of exercise books, pads, spiral-bound products, books and loose sheets, using the principle of physical separation. Annual internal and external audits take place in order to maintain chain of custody.


Climate change represents a unique challenge for the economy – especially the paper-producing and -processing industry. Therefore, active climate protection has become an essential responsibility for consumers and companies alike. Climate protection by now has become a lasting global trend and as such is integral to Format Werk’s environmental strategy. It is of the utmost importance to avoid possible sources of emissions already at the acquisition and production stages, to further reduce these, and to offset the remaining emission volumes. To our customers we offer climate-neutral production methods and the manufacturing of climate-neutral products. In this we work with Climate Partner, an internationally recognised climate protection organisation.


Customer opportunities resulting from Format Werk’s environmental competency

  • Comprehensive advice by our trained sales team and the Format Werk environmental management team
  • Use of the eco labels ‘Blue Angel’, ‘Nordic Swan’, FSC®, PEFC and the Austrian Eco-Label
  • Climate-neutral production methods and climate-neutral products, including use of the logo ‘Climate Neutral’, thanks to appropriate sourcing of raw materials and environmentally responsible production processes
  • Use of a unique recycled paper with optimum environmental credentials. Customers benefit from economies of scale in the areas of eco-design and cost. Especially in paper manufacturing there are considerable savings potentials that not only have an effect on climate protection. Energy efficiency provides opportunities for cost reduction for energy costs.
  • Use of our environmental management system: applications, handling, clearance, drafting of contracts and certificates for all relevant eco labels and certifying bodies for your products
  • Provision of all relevant data for the designation and marketing of your products


The climate-neutral “Pure Impact” paper used for our branded products is entirely manufactured using recycled fibres. The paper is produced without the addition of optical brighteners or chlorine bleach, and therefore has been awarded the eco hallmark BLAUER ENGEL (Nr. 19782), the AUSTRIAN ECO LABEL (Nr. UW016) and the NORDIC SWAN (Nr. 244053). The paper production processes of Lenzing Papier GmbH have been certified by TÜV Austria Service GmbH (Nr. 09-UW/WELS-EX-197).

Lenzing Papier GmbH

logo_lenzing_papierThis long-established, yet innovative company specialises in the manufacture of recycled-, poster- and envelope paper. Lenzing Papier possesses cutting-edge production facilities and passionately champions climate-friendly production methods and comprehensive customer focus.
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