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Source: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear SafetyIn the search for the “Most Recycled Paper-Friendly City” 2020, Erlangen came out on top as 1st winner ahead of Leverkusen and Bottrop on a joint 2nd place. Svenja Schulze awarded the winning cities.

Paper Atlas competition 2020: Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze awards the Blue Angel for the use of recycled paper

In the search for the “most recycled paper-friendly city” in 2020, Erlangen came out on top as 1st winner ahead of Leverkusen and Bottrop on a joint 2nd place. The cities of Siegen and Freiburg received a special award as multiple winners. In the districts, the award goes to the Paderborn district, ahead of the Schweinfurt district and the Warendorf district. The 2020 university competition was won by the FernUniversität in Hagen, followed by the Free University of Berlin and the Harz University of Applied Sciences. The University of Tübingen is a multiple winner. 99 cities, 40 rural districts and 43 universities took part on “13. Paper atlas competition ”of the Initiative Pro Recyclingpapier (IPR). The winners were honored today in Berlin by Federal Environment Minister and Patron Svenja Schulze. Federal Environment Minister Schulze: “The economical use of paper in everyday life and at work is the best solution. If paper is needed, however, recycled paper with the Blue Angel is the most environmentally friendly choice: no additional tree has to be felled for paper with the German state eco-label and no fresh fiber pulp has to be imported from South America over thousands of kilometers. This is a contribution to the global preservation of our forests and biodiversity, which everyone can make without additional financial expenditure. The paper atlas was launched by the Initiative Pro Recyclingpapier (IPR). The IPR, founded in 2000, consists of 25 companies and promotes the use of recycled paper with the Blue Angel in business, authorities, municipalities, universities and schools. IPR receives support from the Federal Environment Ministry, the German Association of Cities, the Association of German Cities and Towns, the Association of German Districts, the German Association of Universities and the Federal Environment Agency. An overview of the results of the winners and all other participants will be published at

The Blue Angel – the federal government’s environmental label since 1978 – guarantees that 100 percent of the paper fibers are obtained from waste paper. This protects the forests, valuable habitat for animals and plants is preserved. What many people don’t know: Around two thirds of the primary fibers used in Germany for the production of fresh fiber paper are imported, around 40 percent of imports come from Brazil, Uruguay and Chile – usually from eucalyptus monocultures. Another 15 percent of the imports come from Portugal and Spain from countries threatened by water scarcity. In contrast, recycled paper with the Blue Angel is a comparatively regional product. 100 percent recycled paper is also advantageous in terms of the ecological balance: Its production saves around 70 percent water and 60 percent energy compared to fresh fiber paper. The Blue Angel also guarantees that no harmful chemicals or optical brighteners are added to the paper during production. Recycled paper is suitable for almost every application, whether for the printer, copier or as writing paper. The Blue Angel also defines the usability of the paper (DIN EN 12281) as well as the aging resistance (DIN 6738, LDK 24-85). These DIN standards ensure that recycled paper with the Blue Angel can be used properly in printers and copiers and can be archived without any loss of quality.

10/06/2020 | Press release No. 170/20 | Products and Consumption

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