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Everybody has an idea that matters

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Sappi, the global manufacturer of sustainable paper, has been supporting graphic design for the non-profit community for ten years now. Because everybody has an idea that matters, Sappi has decided to open up its "Ideas That Matter" programme to a wider community of engaged citizens. As of today, not only graphic designers (professionals or students) but public and private non-profit organisations can now submit their print campaign(s) or other projects.

Some issues in today's world demand urgent response. This is why individuals or groups can apply at any time during the year. Sappi's Ideas That Matter judging committee will evaluate the applications all year round and award paper grants on an ad hoc basis. Grants in the form of tree planting can also take place, in an area that has suffered forest fire or to offset carbon emissions for example.

To be eligible, print campaigns, projects or CSR programmes must demonstrate an environmental, sustainable and / or humanitarian impact. This can include: reducing carbon emissions, environmental footprints, improving the quality of life of people or promoting prosperity by developing local economies and encouraging sustainability.

Students have in addition the opportunity to enter a separate annual Ideas That Matter competition, within their school's curriculum. The deadline for students' entries is 1st June 2010 with winners announced mid-July.

Manue Gheysen, European Marketing Initiatives Team Leader at Sappi, said: "Sustainability is everyone's concern today and the enhanced Ideas That Matter programme reflects this change in consciousness. Sappi papers are fully sustainable and serve as the ideal medium for initiatives which advocate people's well-being, the planet and prosperity. We much look forward to extending our support to more new and creative ideas, that matter."

Sectors eligible for entries, which apply to the annual student competition and the ongoing submission by professionals, include: agriculture, animals, energy, environment, forestation, healthcare, people, science, water and education.

For all details about the new format of Sappi's Ideas that Matter and how to enter, applicants can visit: or contact their local Sappi representative. To find out more about Sappi: or Sappi on Facebook and LinkedIn.

More about Sappi

Sappi Fine Paper Europe is the leading European producer of coated fine paper used in premium magazines, catalogues, books and high-end print advertising. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Sappi Fine Paper Europe is recognised for innovation and quality. Its brands include Magno, HannoArt, Tempo, Quatro, Royal, Allegro, Era, EuroArt Plus, EuroBulk, Furioso, Galerie, Mega, as well as Cento and Tauro for the uncoated graphic papers. Algro, Leine and Parade are the brands for speciality labelling and packaging papers and boards.

Sappi papers are produced in mills accredited with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification and EMAS registration for all our mills in the EU. SFPE's mills hold chain-of-custody certification under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and/or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) schemes.

Sappi Fine Paper Europe is a division of Sappi Limited (NYSE, JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with over 17,000 employees and manufacturing operations on four continents in 9 countries, sales offices in 50 countries, and customers in over 100 countries around the world. Learn more about Sappi at

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