About Paper Collective

Paper Collective is iconic design posters gathered online. The Danish brand connects good graphics with good causes all in the name of creating a better future. Through sustainable operations, local production and the right certifications, Paper Collective supplies the world with a better alternative to traditional posters.

Paper Collective is built on three pillars that collectively make up the brand’s purpose. These three pillars are grounded in social responsibility, sustainability and strong creative partnerships. With these values in mind, Paper Collective has manifested a one-stop shop where you can purchase great design and help support a good cause at the same time. With every purchase of a Paper Collective art print, part of the sale is donated to a great cause or charity.

Paper Collective handpicks the designers, artists and illustrators who create inspirational prints and products. By the virtue of these partnerships, Paper Collective is creating good design that is more than the sum of its aesthetics and functions.

Brand Ethos

Rooted in philanthropy, Paper Collective donates money to a good cause each time you buy a poster. Not only does the company work with social sustainability by giving something back to vulnerable people and communities, Paper Collective also takes environmental sustainability into consideration. All posters are certified with the Nordic Swan Label and are produced locally in Denmark.

The comarché framework

Product lifecycle

Brand sustainability

The Paper Collective manifest is rooted in great causes. Every iconic print and design have been created with both aesthetics and sustainability in mind.

Paper Collective is driven and determined. The brand always has a project at hand, focusing to contribute to a more sustainable future for mankind. These projects include a partnership with the Human Practice Foundation, a Green Weekend project and a project intent on turning Waste to Value through collaboration with WWF.

Among others, Paper Collective has built a new school in Taplejung, Nepal, in collaboration with the Human Practice Foundation. The school houses nearly 300 students and aims to accommodate more students in the future. Even under COVID-19 restrictions, the project initiated a HPF Education Radio Program to ensure that students received proper schooling under difficult circumstances. The project has been fully financed by the sales of Paper Collective posters.

The school in Nepal is not the only project that has been financed by Paper Collective sales. Paper Collective has donated 16.200sqm of rain forest to the preservation of Forests in the World. These donations were made possible by a Green Weekend project where Paper Collective donated 20sqm of rain forest for every purchase made over a single weekend in November of 2020.

Paper Collective’s current project is an innovative partnership with WWF Denmark, WWF Kenya and other important stakeholders which aims to fight plastic waste. The project targets plastic pollution in coastal areas of Kenya while simultaneously focusing on creating economic growth for the local population. Once again, this project will be financed by the sales of Paper Collective posters.

The same desire to recycle and re-use materials also reflect into Paper Collective’s own production and packaging initiatives. Paper Collective produces all posters locally in Denmark using high-quality, FSC-certified materials which are also certified with the Nordic Swan Label. In terms of packaging, each print is rolled in sustainable silk paper, packed in 100% cardboard tubes and packed in recycled or reused cardboard boxes.

The Comarché Notes

How great is it to be able to buy beautiful posters for your home, while at the same time contribute to build schools in Nepal? Quite great, huh? At The Comarché we love how posters from Paper Collective foster our creativity, brighten up our homes and make our conscience feel great. Go check them out and let yourself be inspired.

Sustainable highlights on brand level

  • This indicates that the brand has actively sought out Fair Working Conditions for the producers of its product(s).

  • This indicates that the brand gives back to society in some shape or form. The particular initiative will be listed when describing the brand in the brand section.

Product Lifecycle

Design

The Design Phase is a crucial part of determining a product’s sustainable capabilities. We’ve chosen to highlight a few genius steps that enable a sustainable product right from the beginning.

    Material & Material Extraction

    The materials used for a certain product and how these materials come to life are of crucial importance to the sustainable capabilities we seek in products.

      Transportation of Materials

      This step relates to the transportation of the raw materials from when they are first obtained (harvested etc.) to the production site. Obviously, the closer to the production site, the better.

        Production

        Obviously, the production of a certain product has an impact on the overall level of sustainability. Luckily, many manufacturers have now taken steps towards more sustainable production methods.

          Packaging

          How a brand chooses to package its products will have a significant influence of the carbon impact from packaging and transportation.

            Distribution

            This step relates to the distribution of products when they have been produced. Obviously, the closer to the brand’s warehouse, the better.

              Usage

              How you choose to use and take care of a product has a bigger impact than you think. Just think about how much longer a shirt lasts if it has been washed in the right way.

                End of life

                At this step, there is no way out and we have to find some way of discarding our product. How we discard a product will significantly influence the opportunity of reusing materials used.

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