Certificates and awards

Environmental and quality goals have always been at the centre of corporate decisions and actions at PAPSTAR. An integrated management system safeguards the continuous improvement of inhouse processes in quality, ecology, social issues and economy.

Clear Positioning

PAPSTAR demonstrates the responsibility it takes for man, nature and the environment not least by constantly monitoring and improving all processes in place at the company with regard to ecological, social and economic aspects. By doing so the company makes a clear statement about sustainability.

Focus on quality

PAPSTAR product ranges comprise the key focus of the company's overall journey towards sustainability. On this path, both environmental and social aspects are taken into consideration as well as high quality requirements. When selecting products and during production, the company aligns itself with quality seals from independent bodies. Awards like the GREEN BRANDS quality label or inclusion in the select circle of the "Great German Brands of the Century" confirm the company's own aspiration and, together with a comprehensive corporate communication concept, enhance the brand profile.

The Green Dot - Dual System

By participating in "Der Grüne Punkt - Duales System Deutschland, Gesellschaft für Abfallvermeidung und Sekundärrohstoffgewinnung mbH", PAPSTAR GmbH successfully contributed in2020 to the savings in CO₂ emissions that the corresponding certificate makes traceable.

"The Green Dot" was founded intentionally by an association of companies - including PAPSTAR - operating in the food and packaging industry in Germany immediately before the Packaging Ordinance came into force in 1991. It was established as a second system of disposal parallel to the existing public waste disposal system, hence the name "Dual".

Environmental aspects and quality requirements

At PAPSTAR, the development and design of the product range is driven forward based on clearly defined principles. Environmental and social aspects are given consideration on a par with the requirements for high quality. Key product ranges are designed to come into contact with foodstuffs, so the company has a special responsibility to place multiple aspects of food hygiene and safety, and therefore the health of the end consumer, at the forefront of every product and product range decision.

Company Certificates

Quality Management

DEKRA Certification GmbH (Stuttgart) certifies that PAPSTAR has introduced and maintains a quality management system at the Kall site in Daimlerstraße 4-8 in accordance with the "Sales, logistics management and services for non-food merchandise concepts" standard indicated in the certificate ID.

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Environmental Management
DIN EN ISO 14001

DEKRA Certification GmbH (Stuttgart) certifies that PAPSTAR GmbH has introduced and maintains an environmental management system at the Kall site in Daimlerstraße 4-8 in accordance with the "Sales, logistics management and services for non-food merchandise concepts" standard indicated in the certificate ID.

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Climate Partner -
Climate-neutral site

In close cooperation with ClimatePartner and the resulting support from the climate protection project "Wind Energy Sidrap/Indonesia", which is certified according to international standards, PAPSTAR offsets unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions at the company site in Kall. This can be tracked at climatepartner.com using the climate ID tracking no. 14403-2002-1001.


EcoVadis -
Sustainability Rating

With its sustainability activities, PAPSTAR has been rated by the world's leading corporate social responsibility rating agency EcoVadis and has been awarded silver. EcoVadis evaluates companies based on 21 sustainability criteria in four subject areas: environment, labor and human rights (social responsibility), ethics and sustainable procurement.

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Product Certificates

FSC® - Forest
Stewardship Council

The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) has defined globally standardised basic principles for responsible forest management. The seal, issued by TÜV SÜD Czech s.r.o., indicates that the raw materials used in each PAPSTAR product originate from responsible forest management. Product chain certification as a proven instrument is used to ensure this. Traceability is guaranteed by a test number. 

Further information about certification is available in the FSC® certificate database under PAPSTAR certificate code: TSUD-COC-002676. 

PEFC - for the Endorsement
of Forest Certification

PAPSTAR was awarded PEFC certification by TÜV SÜD Czech s.r.o. PEFC is the world's largest independent organisation for ensuring and continuously improving sustainable forest management while guaranteeing ecological, social and economic standards. Companies thus certified show commitment to the environment and their responsibility in dealing with wood. PEFC stands for an integrative concept around end-to-end sustainability.

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DIN EN 13432

A European standard for compostable materials is BS EN 13432 (Keimling - seedling). With appropriate industrial composting, more than 90 percent of the product is biodegraded after 80 days. After six months, even the smallest particles (less than 2 millimetres) are metabolised in their entirety. DIN CERTCO Gesellschaft für Konformitätsbewertung mbH (Berlin) has certified various PAPSTAR products made of compostable materials. The producers of the certified products hold the main certificates in each case.

OK compost Home -
TÜV Austria

The comparatively low volume of waste makes the temperature in a garden compost heap significantly lower and less constant than in an industrial composting environment - hence the process is slower and more difficult. The innovative answer from TÜV AUSTRIA comes in the form of the "OK compost HOME" certification system also used by PAPSTAR. Although the certificate does not explicitly make reference to a specific standard, it still lists all the technical requirements a product has to fulfil in order to be awarded certification.

Nordic Swan

In Scandinavia, paper and timber producers have joined forces and use the Nordic Swan Ecolabel (issuing body: Miljömärkning Sverige AB) to evaluate the entire production process for products. The aim is to certify only those products for which the entire production process - from raw material extraction to manufacturing and waste disposal - has as little an impact on the environment as possible. At PAPSTAR, the label also stands for compliance with various ecological, qualitative and health-related criteria.

TÜV Rheinland
(suitable for foodstuffs)

TÜV Rheinland LGA Products GmbH (Cologne) checks whether substances that put human health at risk or change the composition, smell or taste of food are transferred from what are known as food contact materials to food. A test catalogue has been defined for this purpose which, depending on the product, sets minimum standards for the property "suitable for foodstuffs" when used as intended. The manufacturer's specifications are checked by PAPSTAR.

Blue Angel -
The Ecolabel

The Blue Angel is an environmental label according to BS EN ISO14024, which is valid in Germany for especially environmentally friendly products and services under the auspices of the Federal Ministry for the Environment and Nature Conservation. Its purpose is to make recognisable environmentally friendly developments and alternatives where conventional products pollute the environment. Products worthy of the award - including some from PAPSTAR - go through an award procedure at the Federal Environment Agency.

For us, sustainability is foremost in everything we do. It has long since evolved to become the core message of our PAPSTAR brand!

Bert Kantelberg, Board of Directors of PAPSTAR Holding AG



PAPSTAR has been awarded the title "GREEN BRAND (Germany and Austria)" for its responsibility towards people, nature and the environment. This international quality seal from GREEN BRANDS Organisation GmbH is awarded to brands and companies after a nomination and a multi-stage assessment procedure, that demonstrably show a high level of commitment to the environment, sustainability and ecological living and production conditions, and that live, breathe and communicate this transparently to their customers and employees alike.

The major
German brands

PAPSTAR and its "pure" product line belong to the circle of "outstanding and proven ecological branded companies with clearly formulated goals in terms of sustainability" selected by the German Design Council (legal form: non-profit foundation). As a leading global centre of excellence for communication and knowledge transfer in the field of design and branding, the German Design Council, based in Frankfurt am Main, was founded in 1953 on the initiative of the German Bundestag.

German Brand
Award - Winner

"Excellence in Brand Strategy and Creation" -PAPSTAR has been awarded the "Winner 2021" signet for successful brand management, consistent brand leadership and sustainable brand communication. The "German Brand Award" has been presented annually in more than 60 categories since 2016. The aim of the award: To find, present and ultimately honour pioneering brands and brand makers. The competition is organised by the German Design Council (Frankfurt am Main), Germany's leading authority on design and brands.

Brands of the

With their 2022 anniversary edition, the ZEIT Publishing Group presents a newly illustrated book that features exemplary brands considered emblematic in their respective product category. "PAPSTAR - Disposable Tableware" has made it into this select group for the second time in a row (2022 to 2024) after 2019 (to 2021). The "Brands of the Century" selection process and evaluation  procedure are guided by binding rules for the jury that are described in a clearly defined body of rules.


Ansgar Kienolth, Quality and environmental management