Paper & environment

We certify our brands for your environment 

Contrary to popular belief, the paper industry is fully committed to protecting the environment.

To manufacture its high-quality papers, Clairefontaine mainly uses fibers from sawmill waste or thinning cuts. Any notion of deforestation is erroneous, as only the periphery of the wood is used to supply these fibers, the core being destined for furniture and construction.

Thinning forests promotes their biodiversity, water management and tree health. PEFC™ and FSC® certifications make it possible to monitor sustainable forest management even more closely, helping to respect the forest-game balance, preserve remarkable trees, plant a variety of species, prepare the soil, etc. Clairefontaine preserves forests and maintains hundreds of hectares in the Vosges.



Water management is also a major issue, and Clairefontaine has its own water treatment plant, which has been recognised with an official trophy: “the water trophy”, acquired in 1988.

The fibers are plant-based and come from a renewable resource. These characteristics make it a 100% recyclable material. Its use does not involve drawing on a finite stock of raw materials, as fossil fuels do. Near Reims, the Clairefontaine subsidiary Everbal manufactures only recycled paper.

The Clairefontaine paper is made in Etival-Clairefontaine, in the Vosges, always on the same machine. Its characteristics reflect a subtle balance:

  • its strength provides superior opacity and strength, such as easy folding of the sheets,
  • its satin finish is perfectly regular so that the feather glides easily, not too sharp so that the tip does not slip,
  • its gluing is irreproachable so that the ink and felt tip do not blot, but measured to leave the paper in love with writing, 
  • its formation is totally homogeneous thanks to the choice of paper pulp, the refining and progressive draining of the fibers, which then allows the printing of fine, precise lines and easy writing,
  • its whiteness makes the text appear clearly, without dazzling the eyes