Our history began in a forest… For nearly a century, Gascogne has been committed to the sustainable development of its most precious resource and the protection of its natural environment.

Natural Kraft paper is a bio-based material: it comes from a renewable resource that is renewed through sustainable management of the local Landes de Gascogne forest.

It has been manufactured in Landes since 1925 using an eco-responsible process that preserves its surrounding environment and is a natural biomaterial that is completely biodegradable and recyclable.

Renewable resource

Founded in 1925 by foresters in the Landes forest, “Papeteries de Gascogne” has sought to create a market for maritime pine by-products and promote the sustainable development of the forest.

To produce natural Kraft paper, we use a 100% local and sustainable resource:

  • By-products from forest maintenance: wood from thinning and treetops. Thinning is a natural process and is required for the proper maintenance of a cultivated forest. The aim is to remove weak and poorly developed trees in order to create more space for stronger trees to grow and to maintain the forest throughout its development.

  • Sawmill by-products (shavings, strips and edgings): this waste generated by cutting and processing wood intended for construction or furniture.

  • Bark, stumps and forest remnants: these are also used to power biomass boilers and generate energy.

A commitment to ZERO-WOOD WASTE

At Gascogne, we use every last bit of a piece of wood!

  • The Wood Division manages forestry and wood processing operations.
    As a multi-specialist in indoor and outdoor home décor and the leading supplier of wood for pallets and packaging, Gascogne Bois has one of the largest sawmill capacities in France.

  • By-products and waste are used to create paper pulp

  • Stumps, bark and remnants power the biomass boiler

PEFC Certification

Gascogne favours the use of local certified sustainably managed raw materials and has been committed to the PEFC certification process since 2002.

Did you know?

Paper does NOT destroy forests!

In fact, by using forestry by-products and sawmill waste, the paper industry provides foresters with an invaluable resource to maintain forests and replant young trees.

A well-maintained forest is a true green lung for the planet, capturing CO2 and releasing oxygen. The carbon that is trapped in wood fibres remains stored in paper during its production and throughout its lifetime – including when it is recycled!

In France, forests cover a quarter of the country and grow by nearly 50,000 hectares a year. The Landes de Gascogne forest is a model of sustainable development and is the largest cultivated forest in western Europe.

Eco-responsible process

The Kraft process is a completely integrated and zero-waste manufacturing process: self-production of energy, recovery and regeneration cycles of all materials produced during the process, waste recycling.

Our everyday priorities: Environmental conservation, water and energy savings, reduced emissions, waste management, staff training and empowerment.

Did you know?

The paper industry is constantly reducing its emissions and consumption
In 1972, the French paper industry was essentially first sector to make a commitment to public authorities to control and reduce its emissions. Since that time, this contract has led to an 80% drop in plant waste production.
Paper production plants have also been able to considerably reduce their energy consumption per ton of products manufactured. Over the past decade, total energy has risen only 6% while paper and cardboard production have increased 31%.
Additionally, water consumption, the first indicator of environmental protection, has dropped 82% per ton of products manufactured.

Natural biomaterial

Brown Kraft paper is unbleached to retain the natural wood colour and keep chemical treatments to a minimum, making it a 100% natural biomaterial and a genuine ecological alternative: it is bio-based, biodegradable, recyclable and compostable.