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Discover a world of paper and cardboard with PaperWorks, the Paper Industry’s award winning school resource.

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Paper Myths & Facts

Environmental issues related to paper and cardboard are a source of numerous myths and misconceptions. Learn the facts.

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Industry Information

CPI provides a range of information including reports, annual reviews, industry facts and statistics, fact sheets, position papers and much more.

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An Introduction to Paper

What is Paper?

Paper is an amazing and incredibly versatile substance made from naturally occurring plant fibres called cellulose. Originally derived from cloth rags and grasses, paper is now mostly made with wood fibres, much of which comes from recycled paper.

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The History of Paper

The name ‘paper’ comes from the Latin papyrus which was made from a grass-like plant, sliced into layers and then beaten into sheets. This is why many people think that the first paper was made by the Egyptians.  In fact it wasn't!  Read on to find out more.

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How is Paper Made?

Paper pulp is made from trees, though it can also be made from bamboo, cotton, hemp, jute, and a wide range of other plant materials. From the wet end of the machine to the dry end, our diagram details the papermaking process and illustrates the extensive use of recovered paper.

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Latest News

Confederation of Paper Industries disappointed that BBC tells only part of the story on paper

July 27, 2022

Speaking this afternoon, Andrew Large, Director General of CPI, said: “I’m disappointed that the BBC has chosen to present this partial and potentially misleading report on the paper industry...."Read More

Recyclability Guidelines

CPI Coronavirus Statement

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to develop at pace, CPI has implemented a number of measures to help ensure the health and welfare of our staff while also protecting the members and other stakeholders we interact with.

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We are the Confederation of Paper Industries

The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) is the leading organisation working on behalf of the UK’s Paper-based Industries.

CPI represents the supply chain for paper, comprising paper and board manufacturers and converters, corrugated packaging producers, makers of soft tissue papers and collectors of paper for recycling.

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