In making paper, water – after pulp – is such an essential element that it can be rightly considered to be a full-scale raw material.
Yet also in this case, the paper industry is the undeserving victim of another misconception, in being labelled as a huge consumer of water, ignoring that other sectors record distinctly higher consumption values on a par for finished products obtained. Some typical examples: harvesting a kilo of maize implies consumption of 900 litres of fresh water, while producing a kilo of pork uses 4900 litres.
Fedrigoni continues its trend towards reduced consumption and in 2015 used an average amount of 29 litres of fresh H2O for every 1kg of paper produced when 13 years beforehand this figure was 52lt.