Constantly working on improved sustainability

DJP-De Hoop contributes to the realisation of a more sustainable future for all; one in which our products and processes have minimal impact on people and the environment. Over the coming years, we will focus heavily on further reducing our carbon emissions and minimising the amounts of water and energy used in our production process. We are also well on our way towards zero residual streams! 

100% circular raw material

Wastepaper forms the primary raw material for all paper produced by DJP-De Hoop. This means our production process is 100% circular. We use wastepaper to produce various types and sizes of new paper for the packaging industry. We don't just do that once or twice, but seven times on average. That is the average number of times that paper fibres can be recycled. DJP-De Hoop has developed its own unique recipe that requires 109 kg of wastepaper to produce 100 kg of new paper. Through innovation and the adoption of new technologies, we are constantly working to further reduce the amount of raw materials we need. As an organisation, we are also FSC® certified.

FSC® certification

Healthy forests are important to our environment and make a major contribution in our fight against climate change. Forests absorb carbon dioxide, purify our water and are a source of biodiversity. On top of that, wood is of course the primary raw material needed for the production of paper. DJP-De Hoop believes we have to treat this resource responsibly throughout the chain. FSC® certification of reuse in the chain provides the guarantee that products sold with an FSC® hallmark come from responsibly managed forests, controlled sources, recovered materials or a combination thereof. FSC® - Chain of Custody (CoC) certification promotes a transparent stream of goods made from these materials throughout the entire production chain. DJP-De Hoop has an FSC® certification.

Sustainable water management

The production of paper requires a lot of water. Fortunately, most of the water that DJP-De Hoop uses comes from secondary water streams. In part, we use process water from our own factory, which we can reuse again and again. Our residual water is cleaned and returned to us by water purification company Industriewater Eerbeek. As a result, our use of fresh water is limited to just circa 3.5 m3 per tonne of produced paper. In the years to come, we will strive to further reduce that volume, e.g. by implementing new technologies and further developing and refining our paper recipe.

The industrial water purification Eerbeek returns the purified process water to DJP-De Hoop.

On the way to zero residual streams

DJP-De Hoop produces paper made from a 100% circular raw material. Nevertheless, our production process also produces residual streams. Think of e.g. plastic packaging or metal found in the wastepaper. Our goal is to minimise these residual streams as much as possible: on the way to zero residual streams!

Biogas

Residual water is one of the most important residual streams of our production process. In collaboration with Industriewater Eerbeek, we have come up with a remarkable solution to deal with the contamination (CZV) in that water: aerobic purification. This process produces biogas for our own factory. The biogas is processed in our own energy plant, where it forms a one-to-one replacement for the fossil fuel natural gas. DJP-De Hoop intends to further expand its use of biogas in the near future.

From plastic to energy pellets

From a seal to a plastic bag used to collect wastepaper; quite a lot of plastic ends up in the wastepaper stream. This plastic is sorted out of the stream and pressed into so-called “energy pellets.” These pellets are used in the process industry as an energy source, e.g. to replace coal and lignite. Companies that use our energy pellets can even partly offset this against their own carbon emissions.

Our residual stream, your raw material

On average, paper fibres can be used for the production of paper circa seven times. At that point, the fibres’ life cycle for paper production is at its end. These fibres form one of our bigger residual streams. However, we have come up with a solution for them. The fibres are sold to manufacturers of plaster board. Mixing these fibres with plaster gives the plaster boards their strength. Every year, we supply circa 4,000 tonnes of this fibrous material.

In-house energy management

DJP-De Hoop has its own energy plant. We use it to generate the steam and power needed for our production process. With this power plant, we do not depend on external suppliers and can make optimally efficient use of our energy. In the event that we (temporarily) produce more energy than we need, we can supply it back to the power network.

Nature & environment

Since the foundation of the paper factory in 1657, DJP-De Hoop has had a strong connection to nature. Situated on the edge of the Veluwe, natural elements such as fresh water, wood and height differences (generating power with a paddle wheel) helped our company grow. These days, our ties to nature are as strong as ever. We are located on the edge of a Natura 2000 region and operate in compliance with strict environmental regulations. We have already reduced our use of fresh water to a mere fraction (circa 3.5 m³/tonne) of our total water usage. Industriewater Eerbeek purifies our used process water and returns it to us. Additionally, Industriewater Eerbeek is ramping up its production of green biogas, which is recovered from the contamination (CZV) in our process water. With the help of the environment, we are gradually making a more positive impact on nature.