We acknowledge and act on our responsibility to manage the environmental impacts of our products.
Newspapers and magazines are made from sustainable fibre resources. Newsprint in Australia is made from a chain of custody certified plantation timbers; no eucalypt or old growth is used; it is recoverable and recyclable; and re-usable.
Old newspapers can - and are - being used for:
Lead-based inks were removed from our printing processes in the 1970s, and ink formulations have continously been improved since then.
No old growth eucalypt has been used to make Australian newsprint since 1991. Now all Australian-made newsprint comes from plantation grown pine, or recycled fibre, and is chain of custody certified.
Any packaging is either avoided or has been carefully evaluated to minimise its environmental impacts. For example, life cycle studies have shown that polythylene film remains the most environmentally responsible method for home delivery of newspapers and magazines. It can be recycled where schemes exist, and it breaks down to harmless components. When disposed of to landfill it locks up carbon rather than immediately releasing it to the atmosphere, as biodegradable products do.
Myth: Australians don’t recycle many newspapers
Myth: Newspapers are not needed for recycling
Myth: Forests are harmed by making newspapers
Myth: Old growth forests are used to make newsprint
Myth: The main benefit of recycling is saving forests
Myth: Inks are harmful