Lessebo Paper, Bonnier Books and Livonia Print announce new eco-friendly paper for book printing

With a handshake, the cooperation is confirmed by Lessebo Paper CEO Jens Olsson (left), Livonia Print CEO Trond Erik Isaksen and Bonnier Books Production Director Markus Guldstrand

To reduce the carbon footprint of printed books, Swedish paper mill Lessebo Paper, in collaboration with publisher Bonnier Books and Latvian printer Livonia Print, has launched Livonia Zero Offset, a new green paper for high-quality print production.

Swedish paper mill Lessebo Paper is actively working to reduce its environmental footprint. Its products are among the most environmentally friendly on the paper market, both in terms of raw materials used and CO2 emissions reduced. The paper mill uses only renewable electricity and manages its water resources responsibly.

Three companies take the initiative to develop a new quality paper that meets high environmental requirements. A tonne of Livonia Zero Offset by Lessebo Paper produces only 25 kg of CO2, which is significantly less than the European average. All CO2 emissions from pulp and paper production are offset through the Gold Standard project.

Lessebo Paper Livonia Zero Offset is a white, uncoated paper available in 100-140 g/m2. It has Cradle to Cradle® and FSC® Gold certification. To ensure maximum readability, the new paper grade has a rough surface and high opacity. Some of the products are specially designed to give the book a pleasing thickness and weight. In addition, Lessebo Paper Livonia Zero Offset is designed for printing on high-performance presses and is available to customers in both rolls and sheets. The paper is produced in Sweden using locally sourced raw materials.

“Our industry must lead the way towards a sustainable society. Together with Livonia Print and Bonnier Books, we are making (printed) books more environmentally friendly,” explains Jens Olsson, CEO of Lessebo Paper.

Marcus Guldstrand, Production Director at Bonnier Books, adds: “Our company has chosen a sustainable business model that should lead the publishing industry in the years to come. The collaboration with Lessebo Paper and Livonia Print to develop a new paper variety is a step closer to achieving this goal. We will use this fantastic book paper because we are committed to actively building a sustainable future for our industry.”