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The environment has always been a large consideration in the way we operate at ExaClair. Our parent group, Exacompta Clairefontaine ensures environmental protection is an integral part of its corporate strategy, and has so for over 40 years.

The group believes in compliance, not only with environmental criteria such as protection of biodiversity, but also ethical and social issues such as respect for human rights. 

A range of environmentally-friendly products have been created which provide products made from recycled paper and plastic materials, available from CalligrapheExacompta and Rhodia. Products made from new materials are also responsibly sourced.

Full details of our group’s corporate, social and environmental activity can be found in our group’s Non-Financial Performance Declaration (formerly CSR) document. Click below to find out more.

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Environmental Policy

  • Manage production sites at the leading edge of waste discharge limitation
  • Use pulp from sustainably managed forests
  • Power our sites through the use of clean, converted energy
  • Continuously promote recycling and waste limitation at our sites

Sustainable environment

ExaClair Limited is committed to manufacturing and distributing products which are environmentally friendly. Most of our products are sold bearing at least one of the following sustainability labels, following strict certification criteria. Details of these can be found in our catalogues and on product packaging where applicable.

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Forest Stewardship Council®

The FSC® are an independent non-governmental organisation that has developed a certification system for environmentally, socially and economically sound forest management. Look for FSC®-certified products in our catalogues, websites and other marketing material.

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certifications

The PEFC is an independent non-governmental organisation has developed a set of criteria to promote sustainable forest management. National forest certifications fulfilling these criteria may be eligible for PEFC recognition.

Look for PEFC-certified products in our catalogues, websites and other marketing material.

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Woodland Trust Carbon Capture Programme

In partnership with the Woodland Trust, the UK’s leading woodland charity, ExaClair help capture the CO2 for eligible products made in the UK through a Carbon Capture Programme. The CO2 is captured by the planting of trees in new native woodland here in the UK, through the Woodland Trust’s Government backed Woodland Carbon Scheme. Look for Carbon Capture-certified products in our catalogues, websites and other marketing material.

Blue Angel

The label which is attributed to products that bear absolute minimal damage to the environment. Only products manufactured with 100% post-consumer waste paper and/or recycled plastics are approved to be certified. 

Our King’s Lynn plant produces Blue Angel-certified paper products, whilst Exacompta Clairefontaine’s European plants produce both Blue Angel-certified paper and plastic items.

The Blue Angel mark can be found on many products provided by ExaClair including UZ14b for filing (square cut folders, elasticated folders, clipboards, level arch files, dividers, etc.) and UZ30a for desk accessories (letter trays, desk organisers, magazine files, pen pots, etc.).

Sustainable Quality

Here are a few of our quality standards we adhere to for products manufactured in our UK plant. For more information on any of our standards, please contact us.

ISO 9001

ISO 9001 Certification by bmtrada with UKAS Management Systems

This International Standard specifies requirements for a quality management system. Through this ExaClair demonstrates its ability to consistently provide products that meet customer, statutory and regulatory requirements. It also allows us to enhance customer satisfaction through effective application of the system, including processes for improvement and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

ISO 14001

ISO 14001 Certification by bmtrada with UKAS Management Systems

This International Standard specifies the requirements for an environmental management system that ExaClair uses to enhance its environmental performance. This International Standard is used so we can manage our environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner that contributes to the environmental pillar of sustainability.

ISO 45001

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This International Standard specifies the requirements for an occupational health and safety management system. To enable ExaClair to provide safe and healty workplaces, prevent work-related injury and ill health, and continually improve its occupational health and safety performance.

These standards apply to applicable products produced in Europe and Internationally.

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ISO 9706

This International Standard measures and guarantees against ageing. All ISO 9706 certified filing and archiving products are guaranteed for 100 years. This standard can be found on products such as folders, document wallets, mechanism files and filing boxes.

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DIN 6738

This International Standard guarantees age resistance for recycled paper which naturally wears out sooner than new paper fibre. All DIN 6738-certified filing products are guaranteed for 50 years.

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REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) is the European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use. Within the Exacompta range, this applies to PVC material. The PVC used is phthalate-free to conform with REACH compliance regulations. This standard can be found on products such as display books.